“My wife, Arshi, and I were childless for a long time. It was when we had almost given up on the idea of having a child of our own that Allah blessed us with Daud, after eight years of marriage. Now, we may lose him as we do not have the means to continue his treatment.” – Rizwan, father
Baby Daud was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a condition in which the bile ducts outside and inside the liver are scarred and blocked. This negatively affects liver function and can be deadly without adequate treatment.
'First it was fever, then he became yellow all over and his tummy started swelling up’Baby Daud was born healthy, and continued to feed and grow like normal babies until three months of age. From there, it all went downhill. First, he had developed a fever, which his parents believed was mild, and would go away soon. But not only did the fever persist, to the parents’ shock, they also found that his skin had been tinged a pale yellow colour. They believed it to be jaundice that usually tends to affect small babies, but it was something far more serious.
“It was heartbreaking to learn that our child had severe liver disease and would need a transplant. We were worried thinking about how his little body would take all this. But we were determined to save him at any cost.”- Rizwan, father.
This farmer does not have the means to pay for his baby’s continued treatmentAs Daud’s was a severe and critical case of liver damage, the doctors did not wait to perform a liver transplant on him. Rizwan ran from pillar to post to arrange some money for the surgery. He was successful to an extent and the surgery was performed, but Baby Daud needs to stay in hospital for a few more days to undergo post-transplant care. Post-transplant ICU care is crucial for the baby to undergo, failing which he will not be able to recover properly and become healthy.
“I tried my best to arrange money from friends and relatives. Being a farmer, I did not have a lot of savings. Hospital bills are still mounting and I don’t have a rupee more to pay for his further stay in the hospital. I need help to save my only baby.” - Rizwan, tearfully