“The scariest thing is that he has no symptoms. When we look at him, we sometimes forget that time is ticking. He needs to get the surgery before it becomes inoperable. The next time his oxygen levels drop, there’s no coming back.”
Every time Naresh and Tara call out to their baby boy, he looks at them with wonder in his eyes. Their 6-month-old has just learnt to recognize faces and voices. His other milestones are also not far ahead, but Naman’s little heart might not keep him alive for that long. As happy and playful he is on the outside, his body is completely giving up on him on the inside. His parents can’t escape the reality that their baby has to fight death every day till he gets the life-saving heart surgery.
His oxygen levels are dropping dangerously low every day
“As parents, even the little things your baby does makes you happy. Our two children give me purpose and hope every day, but I can only imagine the worst now. We thought he just had a fever, but the doctor told us that his heartbeat didn’t sound normal. We never imagine it to be something so serious. His heart is only the size of his little fist, how can it handle so much?”
Baby Naman has a big hole in his heart which is stopping the flow of oxygen to his lungs. His heart is working overtime to pump the blood to the rest of his body, while the oxygen levels in his blood are dropping lower with each passing day. If this continues, Naman’s condition will become extremely critical - he can fall unconscious, turn completely blue and might never wake up. Without an urgent surgery, Naman might not even make it to his first birthday in October.
Baby Naman needs the surgery before it’s too late to operateAmidst all the stress and fear, Naresh and Tara found hope – their baby can be saved with a heart surgery. Naman needs the surgery at the earliest, but a dire lack of funds stands in the way of his treatment. Naresh works as a driver for a private company in Noida, and all his income goes in keeping his family of four afloat. Now, Naresh has to think twice before even spending an extra 100 rupees.
“I want to spend all my time with him, I’m so scared that I might lose him. But I have to work to feed my family. No matter how much work I have, all I ever think about is my baby and what will happen to him if we can’t afford the surgery. I’m trying to save every single rupee, but it’ll take me years of saving to afford his treatment. My baby doesn’t even have months left without surgery.”