"She's been alive for two weeks now, but we still haven't seen her face. Our baby wakes up to the sound of beeping machines and goes to bed with an oxygen mask. I'm afraid this might the only life she will ever know."
The past two weeks have been an uphill battle for Sumalatha, Mahendra and their newborn baby girl. During her 7th month of pregnancy, Sumalatha experienced a slight pain in her stomach and noticed that her water was leaking. She underwent an immediate C-section, but unfortunately, her baby girl’s life began in distress. With extremely low birth weight and breathing problems, she was immediately rushed to the NICU. Only 3 weeks of stay in the NICU can ensure that this baby lives to see a future.
Only hospital care can give this baby a new beginning
“We were so excited at the thought of having another child. Our son would have someone to grow up with. Thinking about the future made us happy and hopeful, but now there’s only uncertainty. The antibiotics are keeping her alive, but the next 3 weeks are crucial for our baby girl. ”
Sumalatha’s baby was born prematurely at only 1.3 kgs. Her weight only began decreasing after her birth, and every breath was a struggle. She was quickly placed on ventilator support. With continued medical care, the baby is now off the ventilator but still needs oxygen support every night. The baby girl has respiratory distress syndrome due to her underdeveloped lungs. If left untreated it can cause multiple organ failures, and the most devasting thought for her parents - death.
Hope for a future for their baby is dwindling because of their financial condition
“I’m waiting for the day I can hold her, and her little fingers grasp mine. I spend all day in the hospital, and the highlight of my day is always when our baby moves her little feet and hands. We keep telling her we’re there for her and we will take her home soon, but until she gets stronger, she needs to stay in the ICU. Without that, she won’t ever make it.”
Mahendra and Sumalatha have spent nearly 2 lakhs for their baby’s treatment so far. Mahendra’s salary as a labourer isn’t enough to pay for the increasing medical bills, and they were forced to borrow from family members. Now, they’re neck-deep in loans and can’t pay them off or afford the 5 lakhs needed to save their baby.
Their baby girl has made it so far and will only get stronger with medical care. Each day that she gets treatment, she’s coming close to being healthy. She needs your help to continue getting the life-saving treatment.
How You Can HelpThe only chance that Sumalatha’s baby has is to stay in the hospital for the next 3 weeks. It’s not too late to save her and give her a better future, but her parents have nothing left to continue her treatment. They are emotionally and financially strained and are desperate to find a way out of this nightmare.
Your support will save Sumalatha’s baby girl’s life.