Bajjamma is a 80-year-old from Bangalore who has a fracture in her hip-bone. The fracture has left her unable to walk and even stand on her own - severely restricting her life. She is great pain and she needs a surgery to recover and stand on her own feet now.
She is her grandson's only link to his father
Indian mythology holds that the death of a child is the most profound, painful loss of life. Bajjamma has lived through the loss of not one but four of her children.
Honne Gowda, Naveen's father was her eldest. He died 18 years back leaving behind his wife Shivamma and 1-year-old child Naveen.
Bajjamma is confined to her bed after her fall
Naveen was always his grandmother's favourite, managing to coax many stories from her. She told him stories of magical creatures, Gods and even all that his father got up to as a child. It provided him a sense of connection with his father.
Shivamma works as an attendant in a hospital and earns Rs 8,000 per month. She has worked very hard to make sure her son got an education and they had enough to eat. Bajjamma stayed at home and took care of cooking. After the injury, she seems to have lost her spunk.
“She used to be very energetic. But ever since she has fallen down, she has become very sad that she can't move. Maybe it is how she felt useful and needed. We tell her it is good to rest but she is feeling a bit lost,” says Naveen.
Bajjamma with her grandson Naveen and daughter-in-law Shivamma
A treatment that failed
Because Shivamma worked at a local hospital, at first, she took Bajjamma there for treatment. She took loans from Honne Gowda's siblings' families for her treatment spending over Rs 30,000 on her treatment. Unfortunately, it has not helped Bajjamma's fracture and she is still unable to move.
She needs a surgery that will fix the Bajjamma's femur securely in the hip joint. The surgery will cost the family Rs 1.5 lakhs and it is an amount that Shivamma cannot manage to raise on her own.
Your contribution will give this small family hope that they are not alone and helpless in the world.
How you can help
Bajjamma has always led an active life dedicated to helping everyone around her. She still has the spirit and joy to fight her fracture and do much more with her time on earth. Your contribution will help Shivamma and Naveen get Bajjamma on her feet again.