“We stopped seeing her disability as a weakness a long time ago. Yes, it is never going to be easy for her, but our child is special. She has so much love to give, and spreads happiness wherever she goes. However, two months ago we received shocking news – her spine is bending, and this can be a risk to her life if she doesn’t have surgery in time.” – Nagaraj, father
She was a baby when they found out she would not have a ‘normal’ childhoodMeghana was 1 when her parents found out that she was not like other children – she’s intellectually challenged. This affected her growth and development. Jayalakshmi and Nagaraj knew that she would not have a ‘normal’ childhood, but they strived to do the best for her. However, now, she has another challenge to overcome – scoliosis, the abnormal curvature of the spine. This can affect the lungs, nerves and heart, causing severe back pain, disfigurement and breathing trouble.
“She was always a sickly child, hospitals visits were not uncommon. But with medicines and physio, she was getting healthier, or so we thought until she was diagnosed with scoliosis.”
Medical expenses over the years have left them with littleFor years now, Meghana has been on medication and goes for physiotherapy regularly. She needs a special chair at home and school while sitting at the desk. Her parents have lost track of how much they have spent over the years.
Meghana now needs a surgery costing 5 lakhs. Jayalakshmi works as an assistant teacher at The Spastics Society of Karnataka, where Meghana also goes to school. She earns Rs. 6000 per month. Nagaraj is a milk supplier and earns Rs. 10,000 per month. Besides Meghana’s medications, they also have to spend Rs. 7,000 on rent, and Rs. 4000 every month on travel to take Meghana to school and back. It’s been a difficult 12 years for the parents, financially and emotionally. They just can’t afford the surgery.