The doctors told the parents that their premature baby wouldn't make it. But Krishna managed to overcome a terrible infection and lived to become a healthy baby. Now, 6-years-old, Krishna still doesn't speak. He is deaf in both his ears. A cochlear implant will help him hear his first sounds. His father, a carpenter, needs financial help giving Krishna this life-changing surgery.
To everyone's surprise Krishna beat the infection and lived. To the parents, his recovery was the bright side to a very difficult pregnancy and childbirth. It was a miracle that affirmed their faith in God. “We spent all our savings, but we were happy that our baby made it. That is the most important thing,” says Teena.
But, when Krishna was 2, his mother noticed something strange about him on Diwali. “We were worried the noise might scare him, but he seemed to have no awareness of it. So we realised that there might be something wrong with him and took him to the doctor,” she explains.
The doctors told Teena and Ajit that their son had bilateral hearing loss - he was deaf in both ears. He needed a cochlear implant, a procedure that costs Rs 8 lakhs. The parents had depleted all their savings during Krishna's birth and are still paying back for some of the expenses and can't afford the treatment.
The parents hoped that Krishna would begin speaking and even sent him to a private school for a short while. But at 6, they are worried. Will he ever be able to express himself? “He understands everything we say to him. He just doesn't speak. How he will make it in life if he cannot communicate,” says Teena.
His parents have found a special school where he can learn sign language which will help him communicate. Because he is deaf in both ears, his parents want him to get some hearing which will help him navigate everyday life without being in danger. This is possible only through a cochlear implant.
With his current monthly salary of Rs 15,000 he does not have the funds to help Krishna hear. He will be grateful for any support that can improve his child's life.