Mother of two wonderful sons, I have never bothered to look beyond my family. My husband had a small shop in Bihar which was our only source of income. He worked very hard to fulfil all the necessities of our children. 2-year-old Rishu, used to spend all his time playing with his elder brother Jayanth. 7-year-old Jayanth was more protective towards Rishu than we were.
Things started becoming worseMy husband used to say nothing made him happier than to return to a happy family. But suddenly things became worse when one day we had to take Rishu to the hospital. He had very high fever and had very frequent loose motions. In a matter of just few hours, my healthy baby was weak and crying.
We took him to the local doctors in Bihar who gave some temporary medicines. However, the medicines were not working and his high fevers never came down. With doctors’ recomendations, we took him to Pune immediately. There we learnt that our little baby had liver cancer and liver transplant was the only way to save him.
We exhausted all that we had for our futureAs soon as we moved to Pune, my husband’s business came to a standstill. There was no one who could look after the business for some days. The expense to carry out Rishu’s liver transplant was huge and it was very difficult to arrange the funds. The limited savings that we had was nowhere close to the required funds. We spent all of it. My husband’s brothers and a few other relatives were kind enough to help us sail through the difficult times.
After his liver transplant, we thought that Rishu would be fine. We were happy to take him back home. While Santosh and I took Rishu to Pune, we had to leave Jayanth behind with his maternal grandparents. We didn’t want to hamper his education. Jayanth was so happy to get us back home.
After going back to Bihar, Santosh restarted the business. Just when we thought things will be fine and we would recover from the crisis, destiny played villian to our lives again.
After five months of his recovery, Rishu started falling sick again. His fevers would come back every four hours. He started having severe motions. Sometimes he vomitted too. Our little baby was too worn out to fight back. I was shattered to see my baby suffer so much.
Rishu’s sufferings took a toll on my health too. I devoted all my time and energy just to see my baby fine. Also, because we had no money, I started skipping meals. This worsened my diabetes condition. I couldn’t look at Rishu’s eyes. Being a mother, I felt maybe I should have done something to save my baby. I feel so helpless.
Liver infections made him suffer moreWe took him back to Pune where the doctors revealed that Rishu has liver infections. The wounds after the liver transplant which should have healed by now, hasn’t healed for him. His liver joints are bleeding profusely and bodily wastes are causing internal damages. Rishu needs a surgery to fill the leakages of his liver. If the surgery isn’t done at the earliest, we might have to lose him.
My little baby has become very weak now. He cries all day and refuses to eat. After the infection, he has lost weight. The recurring fevers and loose motions are taking away all his strength. He has already suffered way more than a baby of his age can. We are hoping that the delay in arranging funds doesn’t lead us to losing our little baby.
Whenever we speak to Jayanth, he tells us that he is waiting to play with Rishu again. He is angry with us because we have not brought him with us. He says that he knows his little brother is ill and he would have loved to take care of him so that I could relax a bit. Neither Santosh nor I are able to come up with suitable answers for our little one.