The baby cried so much even the doctor knew something was wrongJust over 2 weeks ago, Sravani gave birth to a baby boy. Everything seemed normal at first, except that the baby wouldn’t stop crying. He went on crying for one and half days and his parents and doctors got alarmed at his condition. They ran some tests and scans and found out that he had congenital heart disease. A valve in the baby's heart was blocked and his blood circulation was badly affected.
Throughout her pregnancy, whenever she went for her check-ups, they told her everything was normal. The diagnosis shocked the new parents. It especially hit Sravani hard and she went into a shock because of the stress. She became unable to even feed the baby.
Narsingh and Sravani
The baby needed an urgent surgery to stay aliveSravani’s baby did not have a chance of survival without getting a surgery. They got him an urgent surgery. The surgery was successful, but the baby is still in a very critical condition. For 4 days after the surgery, he could not breathe on his own and had to be kept off the ventilator. On top of this, his mother’s condition didn’t allow for breastfeeding. An intravenous drip was set up to give him nutrition.
Sravani herself is only recovering from childbirth now
Sravani is slowly recovering and is now at least able to feed her son. The baby is still in the ICU with a lot of tubes all over his tiny body. Owing to his critical condition, he needs post-operative care in the ICU for an extended period of time. Narsingh and his wife are doing their best to provide their baby boy with the care he needs but their bleak financial condition is the biggest roadblock in their way.
Narsingh has been handling his wife and ailing son aloneSince the baby was born, Narsingh has been single handedly handling his son’s treatment, as well as his wife’s recovery. He works as a cashier in a canteen in Hyderabad and makes a meagre income per month. Within that income, he and Sravani run their household of 6 members, including Narsingh’s mother and financially dependent younger siblings. He took leave for his wife’s delivery but due to the unexpected turn of events, he hasn’t been able to go back to work.
The baby is finally doing better and ready to go home
Narsingh has been on leave for the past 20 days and doesn’t even know if he will still have the job when he goes back to work. He is the only earning member of the family, but because of his prolonged absence from work, he hasn’t received his last month’s salary, making things even harder for him in his current state. In order provide for his baby’s treatment, he has already mortgaged his land and his wife’s jewellery. After bearing the initial costs of the treatment, he is now again without any funds.