I never expected to feel that pain on January 14th. I could feel my heart beating out of my chest. I screamed for help, and Suresh came running. 6 months is not enough for the baby in my womb. I wanted to give him a good home until term, and I never thought they would be cutting me open in the ICU at the end of my 2nd trimester. From what I had heard, not many babies survive birth this premature. No matter how hard I tried, I could not keep him in!
I woke up feeling excruciating pain, and could barely raise my head off the bed. I had this feeling of dread as soon as I realized my baby was out of my womb. Suresh told me that we had a son. ‘Yash aa gaya hamare zindagi mein!’ he said. But, when I asked to see him, I almost knew the answer.
Yash’s lungs had not developed fully. He could not breathe on his own and was septic! His weight was only 730g. He was smaller than my hand. I just prayed for strength to get up and see him. The following days were tough. I was discharged, but my baby was not. I could barely get off the bed, yet I went with Suresh every day to the hospital to see Yash.
Miraculously, he began fighting. At first, every breath was painful for him. I could see how his chest rattled every time he tried to breathe. Now, he is better but risks developing life-threatening infections without medication and ICU care. Even a small infection can kill him.
I have not been able to hold him yet. After a month’s treatment, his weight is up to 1 kilo. Still, he needs to be fed via a tube. He needs to be in the ICU until he is ready to brave this world.
Suresh had a small mobile service and recharge shop in Borivali, Mumbai. This was giving us the right to live our dreams (however small they are). Because of the bills, Suresh had to choose between paying rent and saving Yash. We had to close the shop. Now, he helps out in his brother’s shop whenever he’s not in the hospital, but what we have is not enough to keep Yash in the hospital for 10 more weeks. I don’t know what we will do if we do not get help son.
--Lata and Suresh are now anxiously waiting to get Yash out of the hospital, healthy. If they cannot pay the bills, they will be forced to discontinue treatment, and lose Yash.
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