Pooja is a 6-year-old with a hole in her heart. Due to the hole, the heart pumps extra blood to her lungs. This leads to her heart and lungs working harder and causing congestion in her lungs. A simple surgery that closes the hole can cure Pooja but her family does not have the funds to cure her.
Pooja's father was electrocuted at work and is unable to continue his job
Ram Shankar, Pooja's father suffered from an injury that has left him unable to work. “My own machine gave me a severe electric shock. My body suffered damage and I simply can't work for the whole day. I feel weak and faint and the life of a daily-wage worker depends on strength. There is no steady work for people like me,” he says.
Pooja sitting between her parents with her sisters standing at the back
Ram Shankar works when he gets work that his body is able to handle. He makes about 2,000-3,500 in a month depending on how much work he has been able to find. From this income, he needs to pay a rent for a small room in New Delhi. His rent is Rs 1,500 per month and with the rest, he feeds his family and sends his children to school.
All my three daughters are suffering due my bad luck
“I have three daughters and each one is afflicted with my bad luck. The eldest Jyoti fractured her hand before her board exams. The second one - Arti has a twisted finger and the youngest – Pooja has a heart problem that I cannot afford to treat. All my waking moments are spent worrying about their future,” he says.
Pooja's mother works herself sick every day trying to make a living
“My wife has become weak. She is very thin and tired. Ever since she got to know of Pooja's illness – it is like her will has left. She works in houses as a maid to make money that will buy Pooja's medicines. But even that comes up to only 3,000 and the doctor says we need 2 lakhs for her surgery,” says Ram Shankar.
Pooja is just like any other girl her age. She loves to got to school and play but when she gets tired, her breathing becomes heavy and so painful she falls down and starts crying. It happens once a week and when it does, Ram Shankar has to rush to Pooja's school and bring her back home because she is in too much pain to stay at school.
She wants to be doctor but now she feels miserable
Pooja is no longer a child who doesn't understand. She knows that she is sick and she knows that her parents are miserable because they cannot help her. So she finds her own way to deal with the reality of her life. She hasdecided to study well and become a doctor. She wants to be a doctor who will treat poor people so they don't live in fear of their lovedones dying.
But even that is a dream she can reach only once she is better. Her heart condition has made it impossible for Pooja to continue school. “When she comes home crying in pain, she asks me how she can become a doctor if she can't stay at school and study. I am truly a poor man because I can't help my daughter,” Ram Shankar says
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Pooja's condition is steadily deteriorating and she is starting to catch lung infections because of the strain on her lungs.
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