Posted: 02 September 2015 at 12:38pm | IP Logged
As promised Snehu here is update :)
I switched on my phone as I waited for my luggage at the baggage claim. Tapping my foot in urgency I decided to set my watch and phone to the local time. Just when my phone started I saw 4 msgs and 7 missed calls.
Looking at the time in the watch I saw it was 7 am in London that meant it would be around 10:30-11:00 in Maldives which meant Arjun and Kruti must have left for Mumbai, there was no point in calling now.
I opened the message form Rosie and it said everything was right on track and another one said that the decorator wanted to talk to me. And in the third messes there was the number to the same.
I felt my hands shake as I saw the 4th msg was form Arjun.
"Run away, that's exactly how I imagined you would be"
I felt my heart break at his harsh words but I didn't have time because I as my luggage on the conveyor belt.
Picking it up and returning callsform work and private phones I hailed a cab straight to the hospital.
Arjun didn't know what had happened but he shouldn't have judged so fast, without talking. I know it was my fault too, but I wasn't thinking and he couldn't have been a little thoughtful before saying those mean words I didn't want to clarify with him.
I payed the cab driver and dragged my luggage in the hospital. Stopping at the reception I asked "I'm looking for Ria Gupta, age 6. I'm the aunt." mom had informed me that only families were allowed at all times. "Sure" she smiled and me and then said "She is on the 5th floor. Take a left from the elevator and there is a room with pink blanket on the door." she crackeldwith a soft laughter as she informed me.
That sounded like Ria, always cheery and happy. Even when she found out she had cancer she was more positive than any of us.
I dragged my luggage with me as I looked around to find a pink blanket laden door. Just when I found the door I rushed in to find mom, Ria and Maya my younger sister sitting there and watching SpongeBob squarepants. "Well, its good to me welcomed" I left my luggage by the door after shutting it close and when to hug Ria and other's.
"Masi" Ria shouted in excitement and I laughed as I hugged her, kissing her forehead. "Hi baby. How are you?" I asked kissing her forehead and then moving on to hugging my mom and Maya. "I've missed you Di" she hugged me tight and I whispered a me too in husky voice.
This was all so overwhelming. I hadn't have a chance to visit them since 6 months. I had missed them so much. "So, what are we having for breakfast? Cheat breakfast?" I asked looking at Ria and she nodded excitedly. "Okay then, I'll go with mom and get something while Ria will be a good girl for Maya Masi, wont she?" I asked her and nodded eagerly.
I walked out with mom while Maya and Ria settled back to watching spongebob.
After locking the door behind me I had one look at mom and I knew she was about to break down. I pulled her into a hug and walked back so we were a bit away form the room and there were benchs nearby so we could sit there.
Once mom had cried her heart out I pulled away and asked. "So what is the prognosis? What did doctor tell?"
"Well, Ria had been okay for 4 months now, but 2 weeks prior she started complaining of sudden body aches. Thankfully I got her here the same day and Dr. Higgins got her to do the tests once again. When the reports came yesterday, she had relapsed and this time only chemo won't work. We need bone marrow transplant and since her parents have passed away, they can't give her the marrow and the chances of her body accepting the marrow reduced with stranger giving it to her. I and her were the same blood type but we don't match and you and Maya don't have a same blood type as her" my mom explained me and I felt my head was about to explode. What was going on in the world, was this world so cruel that it would take away a 6 year old baby?
Taking deep breaths I questioned my mom further "So what's the plan now?"
"Well, Dr.Higgins has put Ria on the donor list and she had been prioritized because she is a child and the chances of her accepting the marrow increase and till then we give her chemo and wait. Dr. Huggins say that the cancer had spread to much and the time limit we have is about 6 months. We need a marrow till then!" silent tears escaped her eyes and I felt my eyes start to get wet. "Is Dr. Higgins here yet?" I asked her as I wiped the tears form her eyes and then mine. "He will come to Ria room as soon as he comes in. That little girl had captured everyone's hearts here. Each and every nursing staff and doctors all have become her friends" she laughed as if she was remembering Ria's stunts.
"I have absolutely no doubt about that. You go back in there. Tell them the line was long so Arohi Masi is getting the food. While I talk to nurse and ask her what she can eat and bring us breakfast and coffees" I hugged and kissed my mother's cheek once again as we stood up. "It's going to be okay mom. I'll make it Okay" and with that I walked to one of the nurses and asked her about Ria's diet and what she could have.
Getting the clear chit that she could eat whatever she liked I walked down to the cafeteria and stood in the line waiting form my number to come.
I thought of the past as I stood there wondering how everything turned upside down in a such little time. It was 2009 when Ria was born and I had just started my business with the help of my father's savings. Almost a year later I had done 4 weddings and I was growing famous. A little later that time, one day when my brother in law, sister and father were returning form some event they were met in a car crash, my brother in law and dad passed away on the spot and my sister, when she was bought to the hospital leaving us with a kid who was just a little over a year.
My mom had been devastated but little Ria had helped her cope, not only her, but me and Maya. Since then I started working hard because I was the sole income earner in the house. My father had a business that we wound up and put all the proceedings in the name of Ria and Maya. We were okay once again; my mom started taking care of Ria while I worked. 4 years, into my business in 2013 I started my first big scale wedding and was successful and just when I thought everything would be okay form there a year later Ria was diagnosed with leukaemia and my mom, Ria and Maya moved to London to get her treated while I worked.
I was pulled out of my thoughts as the cashier called me to take my order. Ordering a big breakfast and three coffees and milk I waited for it to be ready. Even the people in cafeteria recognized Ria. I cursed internally. How could God be so cruel and give a small child something that was life threatening.
I had clearly, understood the day my family was in a car crash that bad things always happened to good people and Ria was one of the most kind hearted person and she was stuck in the mess that even some elders couldn't deal with.
Messaging my temple I grabbed the food tray in both the hands and started to walk out of the cafeteria. Ria was nothing but a huge inspiration to me. She inspired me with every breath of her life because if she was stubborn enough to face cancer and shove it back to hell I was going to be stubborn enough to find her the marrow because nothing could happen to my little princess, I wouldn't let anything happen to her.
With new found determination I marched in back to the room where my only family was sitting engrossed in my laptop. "What's going on here?" I asked them suspiciously and they all looked back at me like I had caught them red handed. Setting down the food on table I moved to see what was open when they suddenly shut the laptop. "What were you guys looking?" I placed my hand on my waist and narrowed my eyes at them.
"Nothing. We were just playing a game. Now that the food is here, let's eat. We are so hungry. Right girls?" mom asked Ria and Maya and they nodded quickly.
Letting it go for now we sat down to eat, all together.
Suddenly while Ria was eating her eggs she started singing. "Arohi and Arjun sitting on a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G" as soon as she sang that, I spat the coffee form my mouth; spilling it on the floor while the other three burst out laughing. They were so going to get for that.
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