“For 3 days we didn’t know that he had swallowed a battery. He was being treated for pneumonia. The battery has burnt the insides of his throat and stomach. He’s been in and out of the ICU constantly. My son’s little body can’t keep him going without treatment.”
Kushboo and Satinder have watched their youngest child turn to bones right before their eyes. Virat is almost 2-years-old and weighs only 7 kgs. Everything he has eaten since November has been through feeding tubes. Virat can't even drink a sip of water on his own. As unrecognizable as he’s become, his parents’ only hope is that after this long-drawn battle with death, their son makes it out alive.
In the one minute that Khushboo was gone, Virat swallowed the battery
"I thought he was playing with his toys, I don't know where he got the battery from. I left him alone for one minute to see what my other two children were doing. When I came back, he was still playing, so I didn't know if anything was wrong."
After accidentally swallowing a button battery, little Virat continued to play, oblivious to the grave danger that his life would be in. When he suddenly developed fever and cough the next day, a worried Satinder took him to the doctor. He was rushed to the ICU after an x-ray revealed the toxic battery in his system. Virat’s insides were completely burnt and infected.
“He had just started saying his first words. He would crawl around the house saying mumma. There’s only been a deafening silence in our lives since that day. He went from being 15 kgs to 7 kgs in a matter of days.His arms and legs are so weak, the look on his face is not that of a small child. He cries so much on some days, I can't imagine the pain he's going through.”
Virat is still not completely out of danger – only continued treatment can save himTwo days ago, Virat developed a serious chest infection and was taken to the ICU once again. Virat cries every time he’s pulled away from his parents, unable to understand why he has to go days in the ICU without them. Virat has had two surgeries so far and has one more left. He is so close to being completely out of danger, and only further hospital care can save him.
Satinder and Khushboo are now staring at a dead-end
“After his surgery, we took him home. We hoped that his condition would improve, but it only got worse. He lost more weight and was in constant pain. Now he not only needs another surgery but must stay in the hospital for at least one month to fully recover. We've spent lakhs on his treatment already, it's impossible for us to go beyond this."
While Khusbhoo spends her days by Virat’s hospital bed, Satinder toils away at the factory that he works in. With each passing day, they’re finding it more difficult to afford Virat’s medical bills. Despite taking several loans, begging and borrowing from every known person, Satinder and Khushboo can’t afford Virat’s last leg of treatment.
How You Can HelpIt’s crucial that Virat stays in the hospital for at least a month to completely recover from this tragedy. Virat also needs another surgery to be able to breathe and eat on his own again. His parents have nothing, and no one left to turn to for help anymore. Virat will only survive with continued and close medical care and attention.
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