“My son hasn’t woken up since that fateful night of the accident. He slipped into a coma, minutes after we arrived at the hospital. They’ve removed a part of his skull and removed the clots in his brain, but it isn’t enough. Fluid is collecting in his brain now. He needs an urgent surgery if he has to have any chance of making it.”
For two months now, Naveen (18) has been lying motionless on a hospital bed. All his parents long for is for him to open his eyes. They talk to him all day, hoping that maybe something will trigger a response, but they’re met with a deafening, heartbreaking silence. A near-fatal road accident has left Naveen fighting for every breath, and he needs an urgent surgery to survive, otherwise, he might never wake up again.
The accident that nearly killed him and left his parents shatteredOn 30 March at 1:40 am, Yella Reddy received a phone call that changed his family’s life forever. When he and his wife rushed to the hospital to see their son, they never expected him to be bleeding from his head and on the brink of death. Naveen, a college student, met with a serious accident when he was trying to avoid an oncoming vehicle. His bike fell and he hit his head on the divider, leaving him bleeding profusely and in grave danger.
“It only got worse from then on. He went into a coma and they rushed him to the ICU. His life was saved, but my son never woke up. Even then, we haven’t given up. His progress has been slow but I believe he’ll make it. All I can think about when I see him is the last conversation I had with him. I asked him not to go for the movie at night, I was so worried about his safety. I just wish he had stayed back.”
Naveen already had one surgery to remove the clots in his bran in the past two months. A part of his fractured skull has also been removed. However, due to the accumulation of fluid in his brain, he needs surgery at the earliest. He also requires a cranioplasty to correct the defect in the skull. If left untreated, it could cause permanent damage.
His parents have nothing left to save him – Naveen is running out of timeYella Reddy reluctantly drags himself to his stationery shop in Hyderabad every morning, while his thoughts are only with his 18-year-old son in the hospital. He’s frantically saving every rupee he can for his son’s treatment, but he's severely falling short. The hospital expenses in the last two months have exceeded so much that he struggles to even keep count anymore. Nothing is greater than their son’s recovery for these devastated parents, but they’re helpless after spending nearly 12 lakhs on his treatment so far.
“We had a little help from our family and friends till now and managed to continue his treatment, but now he needs two more surgeries at the earliest. I will never be able to arrange the amount in such a short time. I don’t have much left to go on with and I have no one else to turn to. I just want to save my son and give him a chance to recover. I want all of us to move on from this tragedy, but it seems impossible now.”