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Help Baby of Mariamma: a premature baby born too soon

Baby of Mariamma was born at 28 weeks gestation: BORN TOO SOON

I'm Manjunath. My wife, Mariamma, and I were expecting a baby after 3 years of marriage. Our joy knew no bounds when we found out that Mariamma was pregnant. 

We were preparing for everything. Everything was going like clockwork. At 28 weeks gestation Mariamma’s health took a turn for the worse and she developed eclampsia. This meant that we had to deliver the baby early. Our delivery was done at Chaya Hospital and the baby was born at 01:53 pm and resuscitated and then transferred by the neonatal transport team of Ovum Hospital to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at OVUM Hospital, Banaswadi, Bangalore.

My baby was premature. His lungs were not mature and therefore he was put on the ventilator and given a medicine to help his lungs expand. I was completely in shock. On one hand, I had my wife Mariamma who was admitted to the adult ICU and on the other hand our little boy was fighting for his life in the NICU. It took a long time before we could see an improvement and just as when we thought he was improving he developed infection of the stomach. He was then put on maximum intensive care support and is now slowly making a recovery from it.

Mariamma was discharged after a few days from hospital and is slowly recovering. The doctors have told us that treatment and support for our boy can amount to approximately Rs. 8 lakhs until he recovers and with Rs. 14,000 salary, I cannot afford the cost. Even if we borrow, there is no way we can return it now as I have a young family to look after. The management has reduced the cost as he fulfilled their criteria for low cost bed. In addition, Nizhal Foundation has helped with the initial costs of his treatment.

I need your help now, to nurse my newborn boy back to health, and bring him home. Please extend your support.
Day 1 of life
Day 1 of life
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Estimated cost
Letter from admitting consultant
Letter from admitting consultant
On respiratory support
On respiratory support
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10th May 2017
Thank you for all your support. Baby of Mariamma had his operation this morning which showed that extensive part of his intestines was affected and could not be salvaged. This condition is not compatible with life. Parents naturally are in shock and we are in constant touch with them with regards to the further direction of care. Thank you for all your support. Parents have requested that they would like to take baby to their church and home. I also on behalf of Ovum Hospitals convey our condolences to the parents and also thank all the donors for their support.
We hope that the family finds strength in this difficult time. 
9th May 2017
Thank you so much for all your support. My baby boy continues to fight against all odds. He remains on intensive care although doctors have told me that the blood pressure support has come down. They have also told me that he is likely to have an operation performed on 10/05/2017 for his stomach infection (NEC). So this day is going to be very important for us.
The management has helped to reduce the costs. The normal bed charges, doctor charges, nursing charges, ventilator charges of Rs8000 a day has been halved. But I still continue to need your help. With your support I am hopeful that my baby would be able to come through this but it is still going to be a rocky road ahead. Thank you once again for all your help.


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Rs.160,850
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