There are two great days in a person’s life: the day we are born and the day we discover why.
Yashoda’s baby boy does not have to discover the reason for his birth. He was the answer to a thousand prayers, and the joy that had been missing from their lives ever since a painful miscarriage three years ago. The entire journey was memorable for the wrong reasons.
There has not been a day in the past nine months that she has gone without a visit to the hospital, experiencing several complications during the pregnancy. The baby boy was finally born in a C-section, soon after which Yashoda got to see him, hold him, and let him feel her love for a whole day.
Mother and infant separated at birth
The next day, while she was resting, a grave conversation ensued between her husband, maternal uncle and the doctors. Their darling little infant was afflicted with a rare congenital disorder, dextro-Transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA), commonly known as blue-baby syndrome. He bounced from hospital to hospital, Madikeri to Bangalore, in a desperate attempt to save his life with a corrective surgery.
“We decided not to tell Yashoda. She is recovering from her surgery right now, and we are sure this news would devastate her especially after what happened with the first pregnancy. We are afraid she might sink into a depression and hurt herself if she discovers the truth.”
It has been over a week since Yashoda’s baby was born, and the mother has not had a chance to see him again. She was told that he has a fever that required hospital care, and will soon be discharged. While the family is dealing with this unusual situation, the baby has been placed in NICU at Aster CMI on ventilation and cardiac care.
“We have not even thought of naming him. All we want is for him to get better and come home to us. The surgery will be performed soon, so we know it is now time to tell Yashoda. We have no idea how she will take this news.”
Out of all options to cover cost for life
Yashoda’s support system includes her husband, parents and maternal uncle. Her husband works as a driver earning just Rs. 5000 every month to support their household.
“It is impossible for us to cover the costs of this surgery. All of us put together do not earn that much, nor do we have anyone else in our personal circle to help us.”
The infant’s only chance at survival is a corrective surgery that must be performed within two to three weeks of his birth, delaying which can lead to fatal complications from shrinking of the ventricle.
The baby is getting treated at Aster CMI hospital. Make a contribution to Yashoda’s baby and assist his family in covering the costs for the treatment. Help Yashoda take her baby boy home.
The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the champion or the medical team.