Bella was just 13 months old when a pathology report revealed an incurable brain tumor.
“We can just extend her life some days or a month,” her dad, Amit, recalled the doctors saying.
It was during this time that the father of another cancer-stricken child in the same hospital said to them, “There is a hospital called St. Jude in USA ... ”
Families, like Bella's , will never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything.
Bella’s family got in touch with Dr. Gajjar, Director of the Neuro-Oncology Division at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and received news that gave them hope.
Additional pathology from St. Jude and another hospital in India revealed a diagnosis of anaplastic ependymoma – a survivable disease if treated properly.
But Bella was 10 months away from being eligible for radiation; and anaplastic ependymoma is a fast-growing tumor.
At St. Jude, Bella received proton therapy and chemotherapy.
While Bella’s parents were prepared for anything, they found out that St. Jude would provide much more than Bella’s treatment.
Accommodation, transportation – everything is arranged. You don’t have to worry about anything.
In September 2018, Bella completed treatment and has been taking part in many childhood joys, like dancing. “Even if your mobile phone rings, she will start to dance,” said Amit.
She also likes playing with cars and balls.
Unless someone comes here and experiences it, no one will believe that there could be such an organization in the world – in these kind of times, when everyone is living for themselves. It is God’s organization.
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