Meet Prapti


 

Prapti and her mother Shanu come from a small village in Southern Bangladesh. As with any other seven-year-old girl Prapti enjoys colouring, playing and going to school. The family may be from Bangladesh but their lives are not distinctly different to millions of other families around the world. That was until Prapti began to feel unwell.

Shanu tried to take care of her daughter when she developed a fever but despite her best efforts Prapti’s health continued to deteriorate. They visited several doctors in their local village but none of them could provide Prapti with an accurate diagnosis.

It took a referral and a 10-hour bus journey to Dhaka Shishu Hospital for Shanu, which is supported by World Child Cancer, to find out what was wrong with her daughter. It was cancer;

“It was heart-breaking as a mother to be told my child was suffering from cancer. It was totally unimaginable, it felt like the weight of the sky had fallen down on us. No mother should have to hear those words and I pray for all mothers that they never.”

Prapti is one of 6,000 children expected to develop cancer in Bangladesh this year, she is also one of just a fraction who will receive an accurate diagnosis let alone any form of treatment.

We believe every child with cancer, no matter where they are born, deserves equal access to the best possible treatment and care. By training more healthcare professionals, providing essential support to families and empowering nurses we will improve standards of care and survival rates for children with cancer.

“I want to become a doctor when I grow up so I can help other children.”

You can help Prapti and thousands of other children by donating today.