“Sometimes when he opens his eyes, I call out his name in the hope that even for a split second, I can see his eyes light up with recognition. But he stares blankly at me. I keep telling him “Sameer beta, mumma is here” but he doesn’t make a sound. Sometimes he moves his little hands and feet, but my baby is lost amidst all the tubes and machines around him. It’s the only thing keeping him alive, and in my heart, I know that we’ll lose him if we can’t keep him here.” - Sufiya, Baby Sameer’s mother.
In the quiet corner of the PICU, 2-month-old Sameer wakes up every day, alone, to the beeping noise of the machines around him. For all the little one knows, this is what life entails. But his heartbroken parents, Sufiya and Murshid, know that there is a happy, healthy life waiting for their baby outside the hospital. Unfortunately, without treatment, their baby won't survive.
Baby Sameer has severe pneumonia and can’t breathe without the ventilatorFor over 2 weeks now, Sufiya and Murshid had been taking turns to stay at the hospital where their baby is suffering from severe pneumonia and infection. Sufiya spends the day there, while Murshid rushes to the hospital after work and spends the nights on the floor of the waiting room.
“There have been days when his condition has gotten so bad that we thought he wouldn’t make it to the next morning. But the next day he would stabilize and there would be hope again. It's very unpredictable. It’s only now that his pneumonia and infection are reducing, but without medical care, we will lose him. I don’t think I have the strength to lose another baby.”
Sufiya and Murshid lost their first baby in 24 hours, and now risk losing their baby boy
“Our first baby survived only for a day. I held my little girl in my arms then and told her I would do everything to protect her, but she was taken away from us. She had a swelling in her stomach and before they could do anything about it, she was gone. I was depressed and gave up all hope of ever becoming a mother, but then I was blessed with a baby girl. It’s been 6 years and she’s healthy and active. I had hoped the same for Sameer. This is a parent’s worst nightmare, and I’ve lived through it twice before. This might the last of what I can take.”