Mohammed Zyaan is a 1-year-old with a chronic lung infection which is only getting worse. He is admitted to the hospital and his parents Zubeida and Jameel simply cannot afford to keep up their baby's treatment.
Zyaan's birth was a very happy occasion for the family
Zyaan is Zubeida and Jameel's second child, and with this arrival, they felt like their family was finally complete. Zyaan's older brother Izaan was thrilled to finally have a brother he could play with at home. Izaan loved to carry his baby brother. But their happiness was short lived.
Shortly after Zyaan turned 1, he developed a serious, severe cough. Zubieda and Jameel took him to a nearby hospital where he was prescribed medicines. They were assured that Zyaan would return to being healthy in a day or two. Nothing to worry about.
Unfortunately, Zyaan did not recover and his doctor advised his parents to look for a better hospital. They took him to several hospitals, but they had no luck. Finally, a friend recommended Apollo Hospitals which became these parents' last hope.
Zyaan has been admitted to the hospital and the doctors seem positive that he will get better with proper monitoring and medicines. But being so far from their home has become a struggle. Little Izaan has even been pulled from school because his parents are in the hospital. He does not know why he can't play with his brother anymore and keeps asking to go home.
Jameel dedicated his life to doing good and is now struggling to save his son
Zyaan’s father, Jameel earns about Rs 6,000 every month and sometimes he works for free too. A big believer in the importance of doing good, Jameel really hopes that he too receives some help in saving his baby. They have so far managed to get by on savings that Zubeida made in her earlier job.
“I am not educated enough, I have only passed class 6. I used to work earlier in a telephone center but I had complications while carrying Zyaan, and quit my job. I would start work again, but until Zyaan is better and we get back home, that is not an option."
Zyaan himself is very sick an unrecognisable from the happy, curious baby that he used to be. Zubeida feels so helpless and often fears that the doctors are hiding the severity of Zyaan's condition from her. Her heart beats ten times faster when young Zyaan starts having his coughing fits. Only Jameel and the doctors have helped her stay calm through this time.
“My husband and I have never turned away anyone in need. What little we have – we have shared. God has not let us down and so many people have come to help us. I only hope that it is enough. I am also relieved that we have finally started Zyaan's treatment. May no one else live through something like this."
Zyaan’s elder brother Izaan has not been able to go to school since his little brother has been admitted in the hospital. Izaan is also very young and is not able to understand why they are in a hospital for so long. He does not like seeing his brother in bed throughout the day. Izaan complains that he is not able to play with his brother as he is constantly coughing and does not have the life in him like earlier. The family is counting days till Zyaan is better.