A brave teenager hid his devastating cancer diagnosis from his family because he didn’t want to upset them.
The 13-year-old, who needs a bone marrow transplant to survive, was horrified when he was sent a letter telling him he had the deadly disease.
But Santhosh made the heartbreaking decision not to tell his parents as he did not think the “could handle” the news that he might die.
The worried teen told only his uncle about his diagnosis.
The incident happened in India with the terrified teen only confiding in his uncle.
He said his grandmother died of cancer which made him hesitant to reveal that he had the same illness.
Santhosh said: “I told my uncle not to tell anyone about cancer. My mother knows I am sick but has no idea that I am suffering from cancer still.”
The youngster’s father, who lives in India, has now been told about his son’s cancer battle.
He has launched a fundraising appeal to pay for his son’s treatment after the farming family fell into crippling debt due to an agricultural crisis brought on by a lack of rainfall.
Santhosh needs a bone marrow transplant and even if a match is found, the surgery is estimated to cost around £18,000.
His uncle wrote on the fundraising site: “His platelet count has gone down drastically. He has become very weak but he puts up a strong face for the family.
“He is a brilliant student and very good in sports as well, once a champion basketball player in school. Now? He is not even able to walk!”
Santhosh is still studying at school while he awaits his fate.
He said: “I want to continue studies and make my parents happy but I hope cancer doesn’t kill me like it killed my grandmother.”