“I am not educated. I don't even know my date of birth. I only understand that to save my son, he needs to be in the ICU for the next two weeks.” - Tukaram, Sai Charan's father.Instead of enjoying his summer vacations, class 1 student Sai Charan is fighting to breathe and live. Constant seizures have damaged the part of his brain that controls respiration. He needs to be on a ventilator until his brain heals. His father – a cook in a canteen does not have to means to save him.
Sai suddenly developed severe seizures last weekEveryone in Sai's family wakes early. Last Monday was no different. Only Sai hadn't woken up. When Tukaram went to wake him he was having violent seizures – hitting his head against the wall. He and his wife Jagadevi rushed Sai to a hospital in Hyderabad. Even after being admitted his seizures stopped only after 48 hours. His head injury damaged a crucial part of his brain.
“He was fine – he went out to play every day. Last Monday, when I went to wake him – I saw him like that. He was unconscious for all week, but yesterday – when we called his name he opened his eyes. He has a tube in his mouth to breathe so he can't speak. But he saw us and started crying,” Tukaram says with a quaver in his voice.
Fits caused Sai's stomach acid to go into his lungsSai's violent fits caused the stomach acid in his body to enter his lungs. It caused irritation and infection in his lungs. Thankfully, the infection and the damage has been controlled but without the ventilator, he cannot breathe. To survive – Sai needs breathing support till his brain resumes normal breathing control.
Tukaram and Jagadevi have been at the hospital with Sai for the last 7 days
“I don't understand much, but he has damaged his brain and can't breathe any more. The doctor told us that he needs to be in the CICU for another 10-15 days till his breathing comes back. He looks better than before – all he needs is some time. It is time that I can't get for my son,” says Tukaram.
Poverty forced Tukaram to abandon his own treatment for SaiSai lives with his parents and little brother in Shankarpally, a small town outside Hyderabad. Tukaram used to cook in a small hotel, but for over a month, he hasn't been able to work because he has debilitating pain in his hands and legs. He denied himself treatment to save money for the family – but spent everything he had to save Sai.
“Everything we had, we paid for treatment so far. There is still a long way to go, and I cannot afford the bills anymore. We left our 4-year-old son at home and rushed to the hospital to save him. My wife is sitting and crying all the time. I feel like I can't breathe watching my son like this – how do I save him?” Tukaram wonders.
How you can helpSai has survived a terrible ordeal and has a good chance of getting better. His parents need just a little support to help him make it. They are helpless to do anything because they have spent everything they had on keeping Sai alive.
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