“When my little one came into this world, I heard him cry but the very next second he was whisked away from me to the NICU. The mother in me has not been fortunate yet to hold him. I am allowed to visit him only twice a day for a short period. In those few minutes I just look at him, praying I can take him home sooner but his fragile condition scares me and makes me feel hopeless,” - Durga Madhuri, mother of the 1-month-old baby boy
I almost lost my wife and babyWhen Madhuri was just two months pregnant, she suffered high blood pressure. With the advice of a doctor, she used medicines to bring her BP count to normal range. But it helped her only for a few months. When her blood pressure started increasing again she was advised to consult a better hospital in Vijayawada when she just reached the seventh month of her pregnancy. Chandra Sekhar and Durga Madhuri travelled to Vijayawada from Guntur expecting nothing more than a better prescription, little did they know terrible news awaited them.
“After a few tests, I was told that my wife’s blood pressure has shot up to 160. She had to undergo the delivery immediately or I would've lost the baby and her. But, I had only Rs 10,000 at hand expecting it to only be a general check-up. I begged all my relatives to help me with the money and borrowed huge amount to afford her c section. There was no guarantee that our baby would live but with God’s grace he did ,” - Chandra Sekhar
With underdeveloped lungs, this newborn cannot breatheWhen Durga Madhuri’s baby was born he was only 950 grams. He has underdeveloped organs and struggled to breathe. He was diagnosed with respiratory distress and could breathe only with the help of a ventilator. Luckily, he is improving day by day with the continuous treatment and needs prolonged stay to fully recover.
This father cannot afford NICU care of Rs 9,000 every day with his monthly income of Rs 12,000Chandra Sekhar works as a coordinator in an NGO and earns only Rs 12,000 a month. With this minimal income, he not only struggles to feed his family but also strives to provide proper education to his two daughters. When the tragedy struck, he borrowed around 2 lakhs and sold his wife’s jewellery for 80,000. But this money is soon running out and without NICU care, the baby cannot survive.
“Overwhelming expenses keeps me constantly worried about how I'll save my baby. He needs around eight weeks of hospital stay and I have nearly exhausted all the money. His NICU stay costs me 9000 and with medications the bill piles up to 13,000 every day. I need 12 lakhs to save my son, please help me,” - Chandra Sekhar
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