Irfan

Month and Year of Birth:  April 2008

Irfan was around 1 year old (in 2010) when he first came to Narayana Nethralaya. By then cancer had spread and left eye could not be saved. Irfan underwent regular chemotherapy at Narayana Nethralaya for his right eye. Irfan's mother Asma Banu says Irfan was born healthy and that they were unaware of cancer that was growing within until he was a year old. She noticed redness and swelling in his eye and it was constantly watering. She took him to Narayana Nethralaya where it was confirmed that he had retinoblastoma. Providing for Irfan and his brother's basic necessities is a big challenge for Asma and her husband, let alone treatment for cancer.

Asma sometimes wonders why God is punishing her innocent child for their shortcomings. Asma says "so what if my child has lost one eye. My child will still go to school and study".

Asma and her husband are very grateful that the burden of the treatment is being borne by Iksha Foundation. Thanks to Irfan's fighting spirit and continuous treatment, Irfan has responded well and is now cancer free. Irfan now comes every 5-6 month for a checkup.

We have seen him grow from a shy quite baby to a bold, brave and active boy. Irfan likes motorcycle toys very much now and has started going to school.