Mangalore: Cancer Threatens Young Shivraj, Family in Dire Straits

Mangalore: Cancer Threatens Young Shivraj, Family in Dire Straits

Naveen Menezes
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Dec 11: At his age, people normally plan and dream big about their careers. Shivraj, at just 23, is fighting the deadly disease of cancer.

What is worse, the family, consisting of Shivraj's mother Prema Naik (45) and his two younger siblings, has no relatives here, and the only bread winner of the family has been Shivraj himself. Prema's husband Krishnappa abandoned the family when the children were very young, and since then Prema has single-handedly raised them.

Shivraj used to work as a driver for Valerian D'Souza and earn bread for the family. Fate struck a cruel blow two years ago when Shivraj was afflicted with cancer on his left leg. The treatment went well because of the timely financial support from Valerian D’Souza.

Shivraj underwent chemotherapy treatment, however, he was given only two cycles as against the prescribed four cycles. Neither Prema Naik nor Shivraj knew that the treatment was incomplete, as Valerain had promised to look after his complete medication.

Two years on, the cancer has now spread to his lungs. "Unfortunately the disease has spread to the lungs. He is in the last stage of cancer (Primitive Neuroectodermal Embriogenic Tumour (PNET)). His life span could be extended only with chemotherapy," said Dr K Prasad, oncologist and Shivraj’s doctor at Wenlock Hospital.

Family in Distress

The family resides at Manjikatta; Inoli in Pavoor. While his two siblings, Bhojraj (22) is studying BSc in Mangalore University, the younger sister Mamatha (18) recently discontinued studies due to financial constraints and to help her mother earn a living. Shivraj, the main breadwinner for the family is now bedridden.

The family does not have its own house. The four of them stay in a cement sheet-house built by Thomas D’Souza of Inoli. In return, Prema and her daughter do house chores for the family.

The family migrated from Shimoga more than 15 years ago. Initially, Prema worked in the quarry and it was then that her husband Krishnappa left the family. They have no idea where he is now.

The children were then sent to Central Muslim Aided Primary School, Malapadavu. However, Shivraj discontinued studies to help his mother in running the family. Meanwhile, Madhusudhan, the school teacher, helped the family in availing free education for the other two children.

Free education

Speaking to daijiworld, Madhusudhan said, "The family, which was very poor and had migrated from Shimoga, was able to secure free education as it belongs to Scheduled Tribe (ST) category. Bhojraj and Mamatha got free admission for Science (PCMB) and accommodation at Morarji Desai Residential School, Beltangady. Though Mamath could not continue, Bhojraj is now pursuing free education (BSc) in Mangalore University."

The younger son Bhojraj told Daijiworld, "For all these years, we never had our own house. We shifted houses whenever we got to work for families. Thomas D'Souza of Inoli gave us land to build a house, while locals helped us in buying house materials. Because of their help, today we have a small house. In return we are asked to work for the owner. The land was given to us under the condition that we work for them," Bhojraj said, producing a formal agreement.

Speaking to daijiworld, Shivraj said, “I want to build a house for ourselves. We have been working under others all these years, I have always wanted to be self-reliant. I dreamt of helping my brother and sister in their further studies," he said. 

When asked what they aspire to become, Mamatha said she wants to become a teacher while Bhojraj said, "I aspire to become a doctor. I worked hard to achieve my goal but realising the condition of my brother, I lost hope. We four are the world to each other and have no one else - no relatives, no father, and no background. We do not have anyone except friends circles," he said.

Presently, apart from the medication, the family needs financial assistance for the higher education of the two children and for their daily needs. The family is scarcely able to afford even small expenditures.

Those wishing to help the family may respond to the following address:

C/o Thomas D’Souza
Malar Padavu, Manjikatta House
Pavoor Post, Mangalore.
Mob: 7899939578 (Bhojraj)

Bank details:

Account Number: 3634101001426
IFSC Code: CNRB0003634
Canara Bank, Fajir
Karnataka - 574181


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  • naziya, dubai

    Sun, Dec 16 2012

    u request all daijiworld readers but wat abt u..

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  • Clvie, Kuwait

    Wed, Dec 12 2012

    Dear Shivraj
    God is great. Pray to him and certainly he can work a miracle. As for financial help, Daiji readers have time and again donated for a worthy cause. Surely, you an dyour family can see better days in future

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  • shiva, kota dubai

    Tue, Dec 11 2012

    Shivraj, May God cure u soon and wishing you a speedy recovery. Dear Daiji readers...only 4 people wish.??..if it is some political news / robbery..300 people will comments in that 200 comments on each other's comments going out of the topics

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 11 2012

    Cement sheet is not recommended for houses. In USA it it banned long back. Still we are using asbestos sheets for houses. I am Afraid that other members of his family may get Tuberculosis because of the asbestos.

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  • Khalid, Kundapura/Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 11 2012

    Please read Udayavani suppliment article written by Mrs.namichandra to get cure of cance from Kerala based medicines. News paper dtd 09/12/2012

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  • Karthik ,

    Tue, Dec 11 2012

    i agree that he will b cure within a days bt also he needs financially help .so i request to all daijiworld readers help and make him perfect

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    Tue, Dec 11 2012

    Dear Shivraj, May God cure u soon and wishing you a speedy recovery to enter your normal life.

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  • Jagdish, Riyadh

    Tue, Dec 11 2012

    Dear Shivraj

    Don't loose hope keep faith on god.every thing will be fine and you will live longer life.God bless you.

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    Tue, Dec 11 2012

    Team Daiji and Naveen Menezes & Thomas D’Souza
    in particular, appreciate your social concerns.Roof of his house is asbestos sheet which is can cause cancer!!(hope i have not mistaken? or may be steel sheet?)
    How will he cured? Please tell them to replace the sheets.
    People will support for a good cause.

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