“He had high fever and suddenly he started having fits. His body was vigorously moving and nothing could hold him down. He stopped moving all of a sudden. I thought he was dead at that point. Now all I can do is wait for the doctors to give me some positive news about his health. I know we can’t afford his treatment, but I just want my baby to be alright”-Suganya, mother of 6-month-old Yadesh.
Baby Yadesh has been surviving on ventilator support for the past 9 daysYadesh did not have any major health problems that caught the attention of his parents before this. His mother still cannot understand how a fever could put her dear baby in such a serious condition. He had suddenly stopped breathing and was very drowsy – that is when they rushed him to a good hospital in Chennai. He had low blood supply and his haemoglobin levels suddenly dipped. He also developed pneumonia.
“What scared us the most were his seizures. Seeing a small baby have fits is a sight no parent should see in their lifetime. When the doctor told us that he has to be on the ventilator because of his low oxygen levels, we did not know what to think. For poor, uneducated people like us, ventilator and all means grave danger”-Raman, Yadesh’s father.
His liver and kidneys have significant damage and his body is swollen all overLittle Yadesh is battling many a problem in the ICU. His kidneys have almost failed, for which he is undergoing dialysis since a few days. His liver function has also been compromised. He needs intensive care to recover.
Baby Yadesh was a normal and healthy baby boy before this frightening episode
“He could even have brain damage from the sudden drop in blood pressure when we brought him first to the hospital. They told us to do an MRI scan which costs around Rs 12,000, and I somehow borrowed money to get it done. I don’t want to lose my son at any cost, even if it means I have to ask people for money. Seeing his body all swollen up makes me really scared.”-Raman
Now when his mother calls out his name, he does not respondSuganya has been trying to elicit some kind of response from her baby for the past 9 days. Seeing him covered in tubes, eyes closed, has been very traumatic for her. She has not left the hospital since the past 9 days, and stays outside the ICU, hoping that her child opens his eyes and smile at her.
“My mother and I have not left the hospital since we came in. I cannot leave his side. My elder daughter, 2-and-a-half year-old Bhavyashree is in the care of my mother-in-law now. I cannot think about anything now, except Yadesh. My baby was just fine a week ago, today he is fighting for his life. How cruel can fate be?”-Suganya
This father has no means to save his son
How you can helpBaby Yadesh’s father, Raman, works as a mechanic in Chennai. He earns around Rs 7,000 a month. Yadesh’s medical expenses are too much for him to bear. He has no land that he can sell or mortgage. The bills have amounted to Rs 1.2 lakhs so far, and he has not been able to pay up even half of it.
“My son needs 3 to 4 weeks more of ICU stay and more tests to determine what exactly caused his body to break down like this. We cannot afford the expenses but we cannot lose him. I will need to pay 100 times of what I earn in a month, how will I be able to do that? I hope kind people will help me”-Raman, tearfully.
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