“My wife has lost her senses after this happened. She just keeps crying. I can’t really describe how it feels, as a mother, to watch her 18-month-old baby battle for her life. We’re all devastated, but the doctors said that there is hope of recovery” – Ismail Bismillah, Junera’s father
Ismail with Junera at the hospital
A smiling, playful baby who was happy to play in any one’s arms, 1-year-old Junera has been fighting pneumonia in the ICU for the last three weeks. She is unable to breathe and has been put on the ventilator. She needs to remain in the PICU for at least a few weeks more but her father, a small-time daily-wage worker has absolutely nothing left to save her.
Junera before she fell sick
Because Junera can't breathe, her oxygen levels have dropped drastically. She needs a more effective form of ventilation, a high-frequency oscillator. She is battling for her life and her entire system is at risk of failure even before she finished two years of life.
“She needs to remain in the PICU for a long time. It’s already hard to watch these big pipes attached to her but the doctors say she has a good chance to recover in three more weeks. As her father, this is all I should want to hear. But I simply don't know how I will make it happen." -Ismail
Remembering Junera's cheerful smile is now painful to her parents
“If you saw her 2 months ago, you’d not believe that she’d be so sick, battling for her life. She was so cheerful and playful. She played with all children and was so friendly.” – Ismail
Junera is suffering from other complications tooApart from breathing, Junera is suffering from other complications due to extremely depleted oxygen levels. Now, her brain has shown some problems and she might need a CT Scan too.
This all began suddenly when the 18-month-old would cough weirdly and for extended durations. Ismail and his wife ran around hospitals in their hometown in Aurangabad after finally deciding to get her treated in Hyderabad which is over 300 kilometres away.
“Never thought her cough would turn out to be so dangerous. She would get feverish and would cough throughout the night. I’m still in shock, it’s so hard to see her like this.” – Ismail
Junera needs to stay in the PICU for another 3 weeks to surviveSince she’s unable to breathe on her own, Junera needs to be aided by a powerful ventilator for an additional 3 weeks. This is her only hope of survival. She has been through a lot at the age of just 18 months and now, even after she stabilizes she needs additional treatment, which is to be still decided.
She is very critical and battling for her life but her father has absolutely nothing left to provide for the life-saving treatments she needs now. He is running out of time and is in dire need of help.
Ismail needs help to save his daughterIsmail works as a labourer and salesperson at a small cloth shop in Aurangabad. He earns a meagre sum of Rs 6000 per month. With this he has to provide for a family of 4; his wife, elder daughter, Alira, Junera, and himself.
In just a few weeks, he has already spent a total of Rs 2.5 lakhs and has exhausted all his savings in the process, in addition to begging and borrowing from others.
The total cost of the additional life-saving treatments that 18-month-old Junera requires in the PICU is estimated to be around Rs 15 lakhs. Ismail, simply put, cannot afford this even if he worked for decades. Now, he is left with no option but crowdfunding.
How you can help18-month-old Junera is fighting for her life in the PICU. She is suffering from severe pneumonia and she has hopes of recovery if she remains there for the next few weeks. Her father, being extremely poor, has nothing left to help her and needs your support to save his baby’s life.
Your support and contribution could save 18-month-old Junera’s life