'No one could tell us why we weren’t having a baby'For 15 years, all Siddaraja and Dakashayini prayed for was a baby. They have gone to many doctors and hospitals over the years but no one could tell them what was wrong.
“We went to nearly all the hospital near our village in Chikkaballapur district. No one could tell us why. We’re not very educated and didn’t understand what was happening. All we ever wanted was a baby, we never imagined that this would be his fate.” - Siddaraja
What was meant to be their happiest day turned out to be the most terrifyingSiddraja took Dakashayini to Bangalore a day before the unexpected delivery for her checkup owing to the pain in her stomach. On reaching the hospital, she was bleeding. Siddaraja and Dakashayini’s baby boy was born on February 3rd in a private hospital and transferred to Cloudnine, Bangalore. He has been in the NICU ever since owing to his low birthweight (1 kg) and underdeveloped lungs. He’s only 8-days-old. He needs to stay in the hospital for at least 4 weeks to get stronger.
A minimal income and no savings – this bangle seller can do nothing but beg for your helpDakashayini is now recovering from the delivery at a relative’s house in Bangalore. She wants to see her baby every day, but on some days, she’s just too weak to leave the house. Siddaraja begins and ends his day by seeing his baby, whom he can’t hold or touch. He had taken Rs.10,000 with him - his life's savings. Now he has nothing left.
“I have a small bangle shop in our village. I’m not able to sell every day, when I do, I don’t earn more than Rs. 200. We have half an acre of land where we go grow corn, but the weather has not been in our favour. With no rain or water, our crops are failing.”
Under these circumstances, Siddaraja can’t afford to keep his baby in the NICU any longer. Stopping the little one’s treatment would mean losing him forever. They need your help to save their only child.