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In an incredibly sad Whatsapp video message to her father, a 13-year-old girl in Vijayawada pleads with him to pay for her cancer treatment so that she can live longer. Days after the death of the girl Sai Sri due to bone marrow cancer on Sunday, the video has gone viral.
Recorded by Sai's mother Suma Sri, the video was sent to her father Shiva Kumar in Bengaluru 3 days before she died, however he did not respond, Suma said.
“Please save me, daddy. Doctors say I won’t survive for long if I don’t get treatment. You say you don’t have money, but we have a house here. Please sell it and pay for my treatment. Please do something and save me,” Sai says crying.
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“I want to go to school like all other children and play with my friends. If I get treatment on time, I can go to school again. I feel pain in my limbs. There is no money with mummy. If you think that she will take your money, then you take me to the hospital, and get me treated,” she says.
Sai had been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in August 2016 and doctors said that the only way the girl would survive would be through a bone marrow transplant which would cost around Rs 30 lakh, Suma told local media.
“I had no money so I called Shiva Kumar who asked me to bring the child to him, saying he would get her proper treatment at Bengaluru. I left Sai Sri with him in February this year but he did not take her to any hospital. So, I brought her back to Vijayawada,” Hindustan Times quoted Suma as saying.
Suma had separated from Kumar when Sai was 2 years old, and Kumar signed over the house in Vijayawada to Sai but since she was a minor the house remained in his name.
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When she attempted to sell the house to raise money, followers of Telugu Desam Party MLA Bonda Umamaheshwar Rao, who was also followed by Kumar, prevented her from selling the house alleged Suma.
“That is why Sai Sri appealed to her father to sell the house for her treatment. Now, my daughter is dead. And he did not even come to see the deceased daughter,” Suma said.
The video clipping reached the Andhra Pradesh Child Rights Association, which brought it to the notice of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) seeking action against Kumar for denying his daughter the right to live.
“This is highly inhuman and atrocious. As a biological father, he has the responsibility to take care of his daughter,” association’s honorary president P Achyuta Rao told the Hindustan Times.