“When the doctors told us that we could finally take our baby home, we thought that everything would be fine from now on, we had been through the worst and only good things were in store for our baby. But fate has brought him back to the brink of death again. Now more than ever I fear that this might be his final fight. How much more does my 8-month-old baby have to endure?”
Divya and Siddaraju were over the moon to take their baby boy home after his bone marrow transplant. Their baby was in the hospital since he was just 5-months- old due to a serious immune deficiency disorder that makes him vulnerable to dangerous infections. He was finally taken home after a long fight. However, only one month after the transplant, their baby is back in the hospital again. This time he’s fighting a life-threatening infection that can be beaten only with antibiotics and hospital care. Divya and Siddaraju can’t believe that life has brought their baby close to death once again but giving up is not an option.
After losing two babies, they were finally happy when their baby boy was born, but life took a tragic turn once again
“We lost our first baby before it was even born. Our second baby had the same immune deficiency disorder. We found out about it very late and lost him when he was only 5-months-old. It took us a long time to overcome the sorrow of our losses. Now we’re back in the same situation, but this time we thought that we could save our baby. When he had the bone marrow transplant, we were relieved. We finally took home a happy, smiling baby. But his pain-free life lasted for only a month. Now he’s back in the hospital, fighting a serious infection that has affected his brain. The doctors say he can be saved if he stays in the hospital for the next 25 days. Sometimes I wonder why this is happening to us, but at least we can express ourselves. Our baby boy can’t even do that and he’s going through so much pain.”
Their baby is fighting a severe infection and cries all day long in pain
Divya and Siddaraju’s hopes of a happy home have been crushed. While they haven’t given up on their baby, they’re overcome with the sadness of watching their baby suffer so much. Divya carries him to try and pacify him, but the crying never stops.
“When he’s not sleeping, he’s only crying out in pain. I feel so helpless because there’s nothing I can do to ease the pain. He’s only a baby, and with his condition, he can’t even protect himself from anything. The only thing that’s helping him now are the medicines, but we’re constantly worried about how we’ll afford to continue his treatment. If we’re forced to stop the only thing that’s keeping him alive and helping him fight, we will lose our baby and our only hope of ever having a happy life.”
Divya and Siddaraju are desperate to save their only baby
Siddaraju is a farmer and makes a meagre amount. He travels every day by bus from his village near Bangalore and stays all day in the hospital. He has tried his best to stay strong and do everything to help save his baby, but he finds himself failing now. He can’t afford the 6 lakhs needed for his baby’s treatment, and the thought of losing another baby is killing him.
“My husband has been such a strong support. He’s had to take care of me all these years because of my emotional state after the loss of our babies. He’s always stayed positive, but now I can see that he’s more stressed than ever. We’re now completely helpless.”
How You Can HelpDivya’s baby needs to stay in the hospital to recover, but his parents don’t have the means to pay for his treatment and fear losing him every day. Their baby has come this far with the bone marrow transplant and can get better. It’s his only chance to beat the infection and survive.
Your support can save Divya’s baby’s life.