“I work as a KSRTC bus driver in Dandeli, Karnataka. That day I was on duty when I received a call saying that my wife’s water bag broke and she was admitted to the hospital. They said all their lives are in danger and they had to do surgery soon. I stopped the bus mid-way and asked my co-driver who was sleeping to drive the bus. I just couldn’t focus. I died a million times with worry that day.” – Ravi Sommaiah, Father
10 long years of wait was finally over but...
“Since 10 years we have tried everything to have a child. There hasn’t been a day that I haven’t cried thinking about not having a baby. The day we found out that I was going to have twins was the happiest day of my life. Who knew then I was to go through a bigger agony?... (breaks down crying)… It’s been 3 days since my babies were born and I’m yet to even hold them in my hands…” – Mangala, Mother
Mangala's twins, a boy and a girl, were born prematurely in the 7th month of pregnancy. They are extremely underdeveloped and have very low birth weight. They are currently in the NICU on ventilator support.
“My wife chose not to attend any functions or go to her mother’s place, fearing that someone would mock at her not being able to conceive. She isolated herself and went under depression. Now, I fear even more after seeing our babies fighting for their life. I can’t see her breaking down like this… I feel so helpless.” – Ravi, Sommaiah, Father
Ravi was not prepared for such emergency
“We never even expected this. And with my salary I couldn’t save anything as an emergency fund. Every penny matters for me at this moment now. I asked all my friends for small loans for my wife’s delivery. But none of it has been arranged yet. I won’t get it any sooner either. What do I do now? How do I save my children.” - Ravi ,begging for help
The cost of the treatment is 12.5 Lakhs which is a far-fetched amount for Ravi to even think of.
Ravi cannot afford to pay the hospital charges to keep his babies alive. Mangala is inconsolable thinking about her babies. Help this mother enjoy her motherhood that has been long due.