Musa, Aged 4, Bangladesh

Four-year-old Musa is receiving treatment at Dhaka Shishu Children’s Hospital (DSH) in Bangladesh’s capital. His father is a tuk-tuk driver and his mother is a housewife.

In February 2021 Musa was playing with his friend and slipped suddenly. After that he couldn’t walk properly because of severe pain. Musa’s parents took him immediately to National Orthopedic Hospital where an X-ray found no abnormalities. Musa’s father gave him some painkillers but he still showed no improvement and was getting paler and weaker day by day. When his parents took him to DSH he was immediately given a blood transfusion and after the bone marrow test it was confirmed that Musa was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

Nothing can console a mother’s mind when she hears that her child is suffering such a life-threatening disease. Nothing is more valuable than my child

Mrs Sumi, Musa's mother

Musa’s diagnosis was very difficult for the family, emotionally and financially. Musa’s father’s income is limited, and he had no savings. Initially, they managed to borrow some money from relatives and friends but things were getting desperate. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, World Child Cancer was able to step in and provide some financial support for the family.

“We were really helpless before this money! We will be grateful to you if you kindly provide this amount every month

Mrs Sumi, Musa's mother

Musa has been receiving treatment at DSH and everyone in the hospital loves him for his cheeky personality and friendliness to other children on the ward. In the hospital Musa misses his elder sister very much. Every Friday she comes into the hospital and plays with him. Mrs. Sumi is very pleased with the treatment and optimistic about Musa’s recovery.

God is listening to my prayers. Soon we will be together as a family once again

Mrs Sumi, Musa's mother

Hearing the news that your child has cancer is devastating. With your help, World Child Cancer is able to provide financial and emotional support to children and their families at diagnosis and beyond, to limit the damage cancer causes.

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