“Last year when my baby girl turned 1, I made sure that I invite a few people to celebrate her birthday. In just a year, everything changed for her. For her second birthday, I couldn’t even look at her and smile. She had a high-risk surgery a few days ago and was in ICU fighting for her life. It’s so painful to see my baby suffering so much at such a young age,”- Shabnam, 2-year-old Anaya’s mother.
Yusuf and Shabnam were living a happy life with their two children- 2-year-old Anaya and 4-year-old Arkaan with whatever little they had. Yusuf repairs cars in Delhi and earns Rs.8,000 a month. The young parents’ dreams revolved around their kids. Their happiness started crumbling down a month ago when Anaya started having a very high fever. Soon she developed severe stomach pain. She was in so much pain that Shabnam couldn’t even put her baby to sleep.
Without the high-risk surgery, Anaya's liver tumour would have rupturedShabnam and Yusuf became very scared when her stomach became swollen. When her parents took her for an ultrasound, the doctors told her that there is a tumor in her liver. The tumor was badly infected and could have ruptured any moment. Doctors performed a high-risk surgery to save her life. After the surgery, she has a tube fit from her liver to drain the liver secretions. Without intensive care, Ananya will not survive for long.
“Yusuf and I take turns in the hospital to carry her. But if we carry her on the lap for long, the pipe inserted can hurt her even more. If we put her on the bed she starts cries uncontrollably. She has difficulty eating too"- Shabnam