A Story of Faith

Need for nutritious food, treatment, and the threat of eviction during the coronavirus-induced lockdown forced 11-year old Tonoto battling cancer to leave his home and relocate to the city with his mum.

11-year old Tonoto Zhimomi was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a fourth stage Brain Tumour at Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati, two years ago. Since then, he has been undergoing treatment and our Nutritionist at BBCI, Momi, has been looking after his diet requirements and giving him monthly ration bundles full of groceries to ensure that he heals faster. 

Each time Tonoto had to visit the hospital for treatment and collect his monthly ration bundle, his mother, Vilika Zhimomi, would accompany him from Nagaland to the hospital in Assam. She would leave behind Tonoto’s siblings and his father, who had to stay behind to manage the family-run meat shop.  

Unfortunately, the coronavirus-induced lockdown forced Tonoto’s father to shut shop. And their landlord in Dimapur threatened eviction if Tonoto continued visiting the hospital for check-ups, for the fear that he or Vilika may bring back COVID.  Tonoto’s treatment and nutrition could not be compromised, so Tonoto and Vilika left their home and relocated to a lodge close to the hospital. 

What they needed was one less thing to worry about and Momi, our Nutritionist at BBCI Guwahati, assured Tonoto that despite the pandemic he would not go hungry. She promised him a steady supply of ration and supplements and would monitor his improvement. 

For a boy who is just 11 years old, Toronto has matured beyond his years. Tonoto says that he wants to preach the gospel when he grows up and share his journey with others. He wants to give children like him hope for their future.  

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