As Sonia laid down baby Rudra (10 months) on the bed after bathing him, she smiled looking at his beautiful face that gleamed in the winter sun. She went inside to bring his sweater but was shocked to see the sight when she came out. Rudra was unable to breathe and was gasping for breath. His eyes were shut close and his lips and nails had started turning slightly blue.
Sonia screamed out to her husband, Ravi. They left for the hospital that very instant, praying in their heart that their only child survives this critical condition.
Little Rudra was born with a congenital heart defect and has already undergone one surgery
“Soon after Rudra was born to us, we noticed that he has difficulty in breathing. We consulted the doctors who told us that our son was born with a defect in his heart. He needs three surgery and the first one was carried out in February, this year. We were told that he wouldn’t need a second one in at least 2 years. But now, he needs a heart surgery at the earliest - without this, we shall lose our only child,” - Ravi, father.
The parents couldn’t fathom that a mere cough and cold can was the indication of something so grave
A few days back, Sonia noticed that Rudra was coughing and sneezing. He was also running a temperature. Ravi and Sonia took him to a doctor and thought that it was nothing more than the chilly Delhi winter that has gotten to their son. But they got a rude shock when they saw Rudra going through the severe breathing trouble.
“He is in the ICU now, waiting for his surgery to be done and the only image that comes to my mind is that of his smiling face. Every time, I was there in front of him, he would always try to say something and want to be held. Now he is always crying, wincing in pain. The discomfort doesn’t allow him to sleep well at night. I look at his little frail body and feel utterly helpless that I am unable to do anything.”
Ravi no longer has a job and he doesn’t know how he can afford the life-saving treatment for his only child
Little Rudra has been sick since he was born. His parents have been in constant worry for their little son. They needed to take him to hospital for regular checkups - almost in every week. Ravi, who used to work in a private company, wasn’t able to juggle his work and look after his baby boy. In a turn of fate, he lost his job which was the only source of income for his family.
Now his baby needs a surgery worth Rs 3 lakhs, but there is no way he can afford it without help.
How you can help
10-month-old Rudra is in urgent need of a heart surgery. But Ravi and Sonia are too poor to afford the surgery that can save their baby boy’s life. However, a small gesture on your part can give little Rudra a second chance at life and take away the young parents’ worries.