Two-month-old baby boy, Naitik has been suffering from a severe heart disease called Congenital Heart Disease for the last one month. Instead of being coddled by his parents and discovering this new world, he is fighting for every breath in the ICU on the ventilator.
One month old and chased by death
What is Congenital Heart Disease?
Congenital heart disease is a problem in the structure of the heart that is present at birth. If not treated at an early stage, it can prove to be quite dangerous and life-threatening as well.
He was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect where he had a coarctation of the aorta (where the aorta, a major blood vessel carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body, is narrow) and a large VSD (hole in the heart causing mixing of blood).
Naitik has been asked to urgently undergo an Open heart surgery in order to treat his condition at the earliest. The overall cost of the surgery and treatment amounts to around 8 lakh Rs.
Manoj and Mamta could not have asked for more when their son was born. They were on cloud nine right from the day he came home, but things turned around very soon. Naitik was just 1-month-old when he began having trouble breathing.
“I could see his nostrils flaring. It was as if he was trying to get all the air in the room. I was watching my son suffocating. I called an ambulance and took him to the hospital. The doctor said he had a heart problem and he needed a surgery immediately. Unfortunately, no hospital in Dehradun was equipped to perform the surgery. We were referred to Apollo Delhi.”
Manoj had to mortgage his small piece of land, sell his wife’s jewellery and exhaust his savings to pay Rs. 1.5 lakhs. He still has an outstanding bill, and also cannot afford the next surgery. As a plumber, he makes just Rs. 150/day and having to be in Delhi for treatment, he has no source of income.
Unfortunately, Naitik's father, Mohit Kashyap, only earns a meagre salary of 6000 Rs a month and does not have the means to pay for the treatment. He needs our help to save his son.
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