“The next thing I remember is waking up in the hospital ward, without my baby by my side. I didn’t even know if we had a boy or a girl. My husband told me that our son had a little trouble breathing and needed to stay in intensive care, and I begged him to let me see him. But it was only 15 days later that I got to see our baby. He was all alone in the ICU with a machine that was helping him breathe.” - Aarti, Mother
Seconds after he was born, he was placed on ventilator supportIt’s been one month since Aarti and Dharam’s baby boy has been in the NICU. Since he was born extremely premature and underweight, his lungs and gut were underdeveloped, causing him severe difficulty in breathing and feeding. To add to his struggle, his immune system was also weak. However, their baby boy is a fighter. The doctors told the new parents that he has responded well to the treatment and can make it out stronger if he stays in the NICU for at least 4 more weeks.
Their only child will make with continued treatment, but with no income, they’re falling shortWhile sitting in the waiting room of the hospital, all Aarti and Dharam can do is cry at their plight. To save money, they each have only one meal a day and spend the rest of the time sipping on water. The distressed couple is doing all they can to try and save their first child’s life, but Dharam hasn’t been able to go for work in a month now and they have no income. He works in a small shop in Jaipur and used to travel 30 km every day from their village. With his income of Rs. 6000 per month, they lived a simple life. While the news of their baby’s improving condition finally gave Aarti and Dharam hope, they still can’t breathe a sigh of relief.
“We had only 3000 rupees in savings when our baby was admitted to the hospital and could borrow 7000 from our relatives and neighbours. This isn’t enough to continue our baby’s treatment. We can only take him home once he's stronger."
How You Can Help
Aarti and Dharam need 10 lakhs to save their baby and take him back home where he belongs. However, after spending everything they had on one month of his treatment, they’re struggling. The little one needs to stay in the NICU for 4-6 weeks. He has made it so far and stayed strong, now he needs your help to get timely treatment and have a chance to grow up healthy.