Vishnu Priya’s parents suspected that she was not very healthy, but local doctors in their village told them it was nothing to worry aboutVishnu Priya was born in a small hospital in Kondapur, a village in the Sangareddy district of Telangana. She had jaundice at birth itself, but doctors there dismissed it as a normal condition.
“They said that some babies would get this yellowness in their eyes and skin, and that it would go away with time. We told them that she had dark-coloured urine and white pasty stools, but they told us to expose her to mild sunlight for a couple of days. But nothing really worked; she was not feeding well and looked very miserable. But they told us to give it some time."-Rajeswar, father.
These unassuming parents kept going to the clinic every 3 days because Vishnu Priya’s health was only getting worseAlong with irritability and constant crying, Vishnu Priya had developed cold and swelling on her body simultaneously. This really scared her farmer parents because they had not seen anything like this in their lives.
“I was very worried mainly because she would not feed properly. I thought to myself, ‘How will an infant survive without drinking breastmilk?‘. Her yellowness became more intense as well. But the worst of all – she developed swelling on her tummy. It was accompanied by a bad cold as well. When we took her to the medical centre, they told us that the swelling might be because of the cold. They gave us some medicines. We prayed for her to be alright, but she didn’t.”-Vijayalakshmi, with tears in her eyes.
The family had to beg and borrow to take their baby girl to Hyderabad, where she was finally diagnosed with liver failure
“We knew that it was more than a simple cold that was giving her these scary symptoms. We also knew that the medical centre in our small village did not have good medical facilities. There was only one thing left to do; take the baby to a good hospital in Hyderabad. The doctors there were surprised that we waited so long to get her good medical care, but I explained that we are poor farmers who did not know anything. I just hope we are not too late to save her.”-Rajeswar.
This baby has reduced flow of bile from the liver because of infected bile ducts
Now, Baby Vishnu Priya struggles to get a good night’s sleep because of constant pain and irritabilityAt a time where babies smile and have babbling conversations with their parents, all this unlucky child can do is stare at her helpless parents with her dark yellow eyes. She cannot rest comfortably because of her swollen tummy. Even moving from one side to the other is a painful task. She is admitted in the ICU currently because her condition has worsened to the extent that anything can happen to her any point of time.
“We are praying. When a natural disaster happens, all we farmers can do is pray, pray till nature shows mercy. That is what we are doing now also. Whom can we ask for help? All our relatives and friends are as poor as us. We hope somebody sees our child’s pain and helps her. We are begging you.”-Vijayalakshmi.
How you can helpBoth Rajeswar and his wife Vijayalakshmi are farmers, for whom work is not available on a daily basis. But their income has halved after Vishnu Priya’s birth because Vijayalakshmi had to take care of her full-time. Even Rajeswar couldn’t really concentrate on work because his child was suffering all the while. Now they have been told that they would lose their precious child if she does not get a liver transplant at the earliest. But they do not have money. They sold some gold jewelry they had, but all the funds from that have already been exhausted.
“We have left our first child, 6-year-old Chaitanya with his grandparents and come to Hyderabad to try and save our child. I just hope we don’t have to go back home and tell our son that his little sister is no more.”-Vijayalakshmi tears up.