I am writing to you all on behalf of my mother, Mrs. Sarasa Vasudevan, Managing Trustee at Vishranthi, the multi-faceted Home for Seniors, Orphans and Centre for Vocational Training. If you've ever heard of Grannies' Pizza, which does the rounds at many MNCs (like HP and TCS), she was the mind behind it. We also have Vishranthi Adoption Centre, which she began about three years ago. So far, through the kind generosity of our benefactors and other kind souls, Vishranthi's Orphanage and Adoption Centre has not only survived, but thrived. We have already ensured the adoption of twelve babies into loving, healthy, thrilled families.
Vishakha is our newest find, a baby girl abandoned at the hospital by her parents at birth, a month old as I write this. She is afflicted with a rare congenital condition called a Myelomeningocele. This is a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. It is a type of spina bifida, wherein the bones of the spine don't completely form. This results in an incomplete spinal canal. The spinal cord and meninges (the tissues covering the spinal cord) protrude from the child's back. Her brain also sits lower in the cranium than most of ours do, and when we found her, spinal fluid was leaking into her brain from her spinal cord. She also has club feet, which need orthopaedic & neurological interventions. A whole bunch of major problems for the little one, as you can imagine. She was rushed into surgery with no thought for the cost, against the advice of the attending neurosurgeon, paediatrician, and everyone else on call. Our first concern was to drain the spinal fluid from her brain, failing which she would steadily lose cognitive function and surely die within a few days. We simply couldn't bear the thought of letting her go without a fight. Miraculously, she survived the first operation, and has the same doctors now touting her as a fighter. They are now emboldened and are prepared to perform the remaining four surgeries on her.
Even then her movement below her waist may be minimal to nil. She will also need a lot of psychological and physical rehabilitation. But we can't just abandon her, because that would be tantamount to giving her a death sentence.
We ask for your help to give this baby a chance to lead as normal a life as possible for which medical intervention is a must and it is estimated to cost close to ₹12 lakhs including rehabilitation.
Every rupee matters, and will be used to get the child to survive and on the road to rehabilitation and a normal life.
Thank you for your support, from all at Vishranthi! God bless.
We have requested Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, where Vishakha is admitted, for the supporting documents so you can see for yourself the immense odds this child has battled and bested.