"Menaka and I have just 24 hours to arrange enough money and consent to this surgery. I am a farmer. I do not even have Rs. 1 right now. I am afraid I'll have to watch my baby suffocate to death."
Nagesh with his baby in the NICU
Menaka’s baby can’t breathe and his condition is extremely criticalMenaka's 4-day-old infant has been on life-support since birth but his condition is getting worse by the minute. The baby is primarily suffering from a major obstruction in his windpipe and this is choking the life out of the infant.
A heart attack last night has put him in a critical condition.This baby boy was born with two dangerous heart defects, namely, patent ductus arteriosus (defect in the major artery that goes to the lungs) and ventricular septal defect (hole in the heart). Due to these abnormalities, the baby’s oxygen levels have taken a battering and dwindling down every hour.
"I didn't even have time to process what the doctor was saying. I couldn't tell Menaka that our son is in this situation. Before we knew it, he suffered a major heart attack last night. Luckily, he survived that, but he doesn’t have long before his heart and lungs give up on him."
Menaka and Nagesh lost their second son 2 years agoMenaka and Nagesh have a 6-year-old daughter and 2 years ago, their second son passed away right after birth. They were incredibly grateful for this pregnancy and never thought it would also turn into a race for survival.
“We were so thrilled to have our second child and give our daughter a brother to play with. But, right after birth, he couldn’t breathe too and was very thin. We were shaken. It felt like we are cursed for our child to suffer this way. History seems to be repeating. I don’t want to lose a second child, I really wish he lives.” – Nagesh
Completely out of time, Nagesh is scrambling for money on Rs. 100/day incomeRunning 72 hours behind, Nagesh has absolutely nothing left to provide for his dying son’s surgery. The baby needed a surgery right after birth. Nagesh is a poor farmer earning about Rs. 100/day. His financial condition is so poor that it’s hard for him to feed his family too.
“There are some days when there is no work needed in the fields and I don’t earn. We come from a very poor family and this is one of the hardest situations I’ve been in all my life.”- Nagesh
Nagesh needs immediate help to save his sonEven after the surgery, the baby boy needs to remain in the NICU for a minimum of 3 weeks, with at least, 2 weeks of life support. Nagesh, simply, cannot afford such monumental costs, even after borrowing from his family and friends.
"I have already lost so much time. With every minute that goes by, my son slips further away. Now, we are left with just 24 hours. I do not know how I can save him now when I couldn't for the past 3 days."
How you can helpUntil now Nagesh has already spent, after begging and borrowing, up to Rs. 30,000. He is in desperate need of Rs. 5 lakhs for this life-saving surgery and additional NICU costs. He asks for your help to save his son from the jaws of death.
Your support will save 4-day-old baby of Menaka and will ensure that Menaka and Nagesh don’t lose another baby.