For the second time in five years, 13-year-old Triston Ramlochan is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many lymphocytes or a type of white blood cell.
“He went into remission for a year and in November of last year he had a relapsed,” his mother Natalie Joseph said.
The news devastated their family and it was too hard for them to tell Ramlochan who celebrates his 14th birthday in two weeks.
So they sat with the doctor to give their son the bad news.
“He was in shock because he really really thought that he was done with it but we back here again and as usual we kept a strong face,” Joseph said.
It is one they continue to wear even as the Standard Five student needs immunotherapy and a stem cell transplant because the chemotherapy no longer works.
“Being in here (hospital) have him really really depressed,” she said.
While at his side at the hospital on Friday, Joseph spoke of what her son was going through on CNC3’s the Morning Brew.
She said he woke up in pain at four in the morning and would possibly spend the rest of the day in that condition.
“A lot of pain, as usual, running to the nurse to get morphine,” Joseph explained.
Ramlochan needs financial help to go abroad for treatment.
His mother estimates the fees to be between US$90,000 to US$100,000.
They applied to the Children’s Life Fund for assistance and while they wait they continue to do whatever they can to help their son.
“I didn’t want to just sit down and wait and do nothing. Time is passing and my child he is getting more and more sick, he’s in more and more pain and I felt like I needed to do something,” she said.
They started a Fund me T&T account (https://fundmetnt.com/campaign/help-triston-caleb-ramlochan-fight-against-leukemia) for Ramlochan and can be contacted at 741-7627 or 3629915.
His Republic Bank account # is 440111831732.