Meet Samarpan Mishra, a Lymphocytic Leukemia Survivor
Meet Samarpan Mishra, whom we had the honor to know for five years now. At the childhood age of just eight years old, Samarpan was diagnosed with high-risk acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, the most common leukemia in children and adults.
Meet Samarpan Mishra, whom we had the honor to know for five years now. At the childhood
age of just eight years old, Samarpan was diagnosed with high-risk acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, the most common leukemia in children and adults. This type of cancer affects the blood and the bone marrow, progresses rapidly, and creates immature blood cells instead of mature ones. Around 1200-1300 children in Nepal are diagnosed with Lymphocytic Leukemia each year, and Samarpan was one of them.
Samarpan is the only child of a father with a disability and a mother, whose main family income came from operating a simple tea shop in Lalitpur. For them, hospital bills for Samarpan’s leukemia treatment were a huge financial burden back then. Through our hospital partner Nepal Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, we were connected with his parents. And through Ramesh Gupta Memorial Trust, our non-profit organization formed in the fond memory of Late Shri Ramesh Gupta, we were able to arrange the full treatment of Samarpan. Through Ramesh Gupta Memorial Trust and in coordination with various private and government hospitals, we have been providing financial assistance to children who cannot afford treatments with the motto “Sewa Pravo Dharma” at heart.
Fast forward to May 2021, after the countless tiring nights in hospital wards doing numerous blood transfusions, stem cell transplants, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy, Samarpan has totally recovered from cancer and is now healthy. He and his family are still living in Bhanimandal, Lalitpur. Samarpan is now twelve and is going to a special needs school called Asha Bal Bikash Sewa as he also has down syndrome, a condition that makes an individual usually have a low range of IQ, and slow ability to speak than other children, and many other health risks.
Despite the shortcomings that come with his condition, Samarpan is doing great in his school and loves playing with his friends. His father, on the other hand, has started working as a Pathao rider despite his physical disability. The word “Samarpan” means dedication in Nepali and we are honored to have had the chance to aid this family and their dedication not just to survive but to thrive in the face of the multiple adversities they had to face in their lives.