Chetan Bharadia was 32 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The years following his diagnosis were traumatic for him, but with the support he received from LOROS Hospice he and his wife were given time to enjoy life with their young family.
His wife Dipti said: “My husband and I were very happily married for 5 years. I was 25 and my husband was 27 when we met.
I was six months pregnant with our son Bhagya, when our life was turned upside down. Chetan suddenly started having fits at home and we had no idea what was happening. He was later diagnosed with a stage four brain tumour.
During his illness, I was my husband’s full time carer, and when he started attending Day Therapy at LOROS it really was priceless.
The support was just what we needed. With Chetan going to Day Therapy, it allowed me to have some time for myself, and to be a mum. I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.”
The family had spoken about where Chetan would be during his final days, and had decided that LOROS would be the best place to care for him.
“The day we were told Chetan was being admitted to LOROS, it was scary. At that point, we knew he was never getting better. Despite our fear, we knew he was going to the best place.
After his arrival at LOROS in 2017, Chetan had 43 fits and was in a really bad way. The amazing nurses at LOROS were fantastic. With all of my family back in India, the support was invaluable.
My son and I were sat at Chetan’s bedside every day. Sometimes I would sleep at the Hospice, so I could spend as much time with him as I possibly could.
I told my son that his daddy wasn’t going to come home, and that he was going to die, he wrote him a letter and we read it to my husband together. It was such a heart-breaking but special moment for us all as a family.
It’s scary witnessing his end of life, we knew my son and I would be without Chetan at some point, but LOROS helped me to understand what to expect and I felt comforted. LOROS supported us so much, without them, I don’t know what I would have done.”
Chetan died aged 40 in May 2017 at LOROS Hospice, the couple’s son Bhagya was eight.
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