“No doctor wanted to see him because his condition was bad. They told us they didn’t want to take the risk. No matter how much we pleaded with them, they wouldn’t help my baby.”
Rajeswari’s son, Srihari was born with a heart defect. He is almost 2 now and his parents have lost count of the number of doctors they have taken him to. Since he was an infant, he would get fevers once in 2-3 days, and the worried parents would take him to the nearest doctors. As soon as the doctors realised that his fevers were due to his heart condition, they refused to treat him, and the desperate parents had to wait for the fever to subside, more often than not.
Srihari is very small for his age
No doctor would prescribe medicines due to the high-risk nature of his illnessSince Srihari was born, his parents have been living in constant anxiety of their son falling dangerously ill. Initially, he would get fevers every week or so, but gradually it has come to a point where he is sick every other day and there is no medication that can help him.
Srihari's parents have lived in fear of losing him the last two years
Finally, they have a ray of hopeWhen they took him to Chennai for a check-up a few months back, they finally heard some good news. The doctors did not send them away. They were actually telling them that their son could live. But he needed an open heart surgery at the earliest. Since then, his parents have been trying everything to make that surgery happen.
“Our daughter keeps asking us - Is he sick? Will they operate on him? Can I play with him when he is fine? - All we can do is nod and tell her that her brother will be fine after the operation. We can't bring ourselves to explain to her that without it, he will die and she won’t have a brother?”
Srihari doesn’t do the little things, other kids, his age do. He can’t speak well, nor can he run around the house and play. Anything he does tires him and his constant fevers add to the weakness, making him dull.
Srihari has an elder sister Lakshmi, who is 5. She wants to play with him and hold him, but Rajeswari and her husband Srinivasulu don’t let her. She is too young to understand how sick her baby brother is. To her, his surgery only means that she will finally get to play with him.