Children are the most precious gift of God to humans and they change their lives in many ways. Usually, we see parents taking care of children but this story is about how a small kid can be more concerned about his parents. This is the story of six-year-old Manu who had grade 4 cancer. The story has been shared by Dr Sudhir Kumar, a neurologist at Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad, on Twitter and it has gone viral on the internet.
According to Dr Kumar, the young boy requested him not tell his parents about his disease and that he has only six more months.
“6-yr old to me: “Doctor, I have grade 4 cancer and will live only for 6 more months, don’t tell my parents about this,” the doctor said in a tweet.
“Manu is waiting outside. He has cancer, but we haven’t disclosed that to him. Please see him and advise your treatment, and don’t share the diagnosis to him,” the parents of Manu requested the doctor.
Kumar shared how Manu (name changed) was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme grade 4 on the left side of the brain. Due to this, he had paralysis of his right hand and leg. He had been operated, and was on chemotherapy. Seizures were due to brain cancer.
Despite all this, he was more concerned about his parents.
“I discussed the medical treatment with parents and answered a few queries. They were about to leave, when Manu requested his parents to allow him to talk to me in private. Parents accepted his request.”
“After parents left the room to wait outside, Manu said- “Dr, I have read all about the disease on iPad and I am aware that I will live only for 6 more months but I haven’t shared this with my parents, as they would get upset. They love me a lot. Please don’t share with them”
According to Dr Kumar, he was shocked and couldn’t speak for a few moments. “Sure, I will take care of what you said,” he told the kid.
“I couldn’t keep the promise to Manu, as it was important to bring the family on the same page on this sensitive issue. It was vital that the family enjoyed together, whatever time was left. More so, as Manu knew about his illness. Whether he understood the gravity, I am unsure.”
Parents were in tears after this conversation but they thanked the doctor and left with Manu with a heavy heart. According to the doctor, he had almost forgotten this incident but Manu’s parents visited him 9 months later.
“Doctor, we had a great time with Manu after we met you. He wanted to visit Disneyland and we went with him. We took a temporary leave from job and spent quality time with Manu.”
6-yr old to me: “Doctor, I have grade 4 cancer and will live only for 6 more months, don’t tell my parents about this”
1. It was another busy OPD, when a young couple walked in. They had a request “Manu is waiting outside. He has cancer, but we haven’t disclosed that to him+
— Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM🇮🇳 (@hyderabaddoctor) January 4, 2023
“We lost him a month back. Today’s visit is to just thank you for giving us those best 8 months.”