“He looks very different from other babies. His skin has a bluish tinge, which is more evident on his fingernails and his lips. For a long time we thought he was special and the embodiment of Lord Krishna himself. But now, we know that it was due to his bad heart. His life is in danger, but we have no way to save him,”-Rani, mother of 1-year-old Baba Prince.
This baby boy is suffering from a severe heart disease called single ventricle physiology, where only one of the heart’s two main pumping chambers works properly. This results in lower oxygen levels in his body, lower energy levels and even puts him at as a higher risk of contracting deadly infections. He needs an urgent open-heart surgery at the earliest, or he won’t survive.
‘He eats medicines like he eats food, but even that is not helping him anymore’Even before he was introduced to solid food, Prince had started taking high dosage medicines when he turned 4 months old. Although her baby never drank milk properly due to his frequent breathing trouble, Rani made sure that he had every last drop of medicine as per the indicated dosage. She knew very well that these medicines were responsible for keeping her baby alive. Now, his dosage has increased and he eats medicines just as much he eats food, but that is not helping his worsening condition.
“He keeps crying out in pain all day. He is very irritable and nothing I do to help him is working. I can feel his chest thumping hard when I hold him and it scares me. I feel like his heart will come out of his chest,”-Rani
Drowning in debt and poverty, Prince’s family cannot save him and needs your helpPrince’s mother Rani is a homemaker while his father Rajan Singh is a daily wager, earning just Rs 300 a day. Reeling under poverty and without a house to call their own, the family lives in a thatched mud hut they have rented for Rs 500. As their village in Rajasthan is hundreds of kilometers away from the hospital in Jaipur, they have to borrow thousands every time they go for Prince’s appointments. The medicines also cost at least 10 times their family income, and they are in debt already from borrowing for previous visits.
“Doctors are saying that our baby needs to get the surgery as soon as possible, but where is the money? Everybody in our village is as poor as us, or worse. We don’t have anybody else to ask for help in these tough times. We cannot imagine losing our son at any cost,”-Rani
With your kind contribution, this baby can get his surgery before his heart fails completely