Umma's father Sheikh Mohammed Hussain works at a jeweller's shop, and makes about Rs. 10 to 12,000 a month. It is with this income that he fends for his family of 5, with his two younger sons still in school.
"The last surgery was when she was just 12. The hole in her heart was fixed, and though it did give her some relief, that relief was short-lived. The valve being too thin, it started leaking, and her condition got worse. Now, that valve must be replaced. There are some cheaper alternatives, but the risk of infections is high for those. This time, I need a permanent solution. I cannot watch my little daughter undergo so much. Last time, she had to be given 28 units of blood. How can a father just helplessly watch?"
Mohammed has already spent over 6 lakh on her previous surgery. He had collected the funds with great difficulty, having borrowed from everyone he knew. Most of the amount he managed to pay was collected in the form of charity. Yet, he could only pay around 2 Lakh less to the hospital.
"My Umma is very keen on studying. She wants to become a teacher. She is a very fast learner. She is learning computers now," her father proudly says.
For the past many years, almost all of Mohammed's income is spent on Umma's medical expenses. He has sent both his sons to other relatives, being unable to bear their expenses.
Umma needs an urgent surgery to fix the leaking valve. The funds required are way beyond what Mohammed can afford.They have received Rs. 50,000 from Prime Minister relief funds as well.
The remaining funds are needed at the earliest to start the procedure that can save Umma's life.