“Every night she cries herself to sleep and I cry along with her. When your small baby is in so much pain, what else can you do? Some nights - no one at home gets any sleep. It is very hard for us to see our daughter bear so much suffering,” says Lalitha, Rithvika's mother.
Rithvika's stomach is hard and swollen because of the damage caused to her liver. Any pressure on the stomach hurts her, so her parents make sure the carry her from the side so she feels as less pain as possible when going from one place to another.
Rithvika's treatment began when she was just 3-months-old. She was passing white stool and her parents decided to get this checked. “The doctor asked us to do a MRI scan and told her her gall bladder was malfunctioning. She needed an immediate operation,” Satish says.
Shortly after the operation, she slowly fell sick – unable to eat. The bile from her liver was not getting stored in the bladder. It was eating away at her liver. In just two months, her liver was completely damaged and she had to take medications to live.
A liver transplant will cost Rs 16 lakhs. It is an amount that Satish with his modest salary cannot afford. He has already spent all his savings and paid medical bills of over Rs 5 lakhs so far. But it will all be for nothing if his daughter does not get the liver transplant that will save her life.
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