My 9-month-old Son Needs A New Liver And We Cannot Afford It | Milaap
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My 9-month-old Son Needs A New Liver And We Cannot Afford It

Sravanthi, mother of 9-month-old Shanmukha has only seen her baby experience hospital visits, medical tests, and antibiotics. Shanmukha had symptoms of jaundice and got diagnosed with Decompensated Liver Failure at birth. This shattered his family. His 4-year-old brother was eagerly waiting to welcome the little one home. But all the family got to see were pale yellow eyes.

The child was operated 50 days after birth

How to deal with the shock of learning about the critical nature of your child’s illness, even before holding a naming ceremony for him? How to come to terms with knowing that your child won’t survive without a liver transplant? Sadly for Phaneendra and Sravanthi, this became their reality, the very day their baby was born.



Sravanthi recounts the anxious moments when Shanmukha had to go under the knife on the 19th of July 2017, exactly 50 days after his birth, to have a chance of recovering from the debilitating liver failure. Now, he has been diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, a disease that occurs in infants and blocks the flow of bile from the liver to the gallbladder. Not only this, he also suffers from repeated episodes of Cholangitis, which occurs with an increased frequency. This can lead to liver failure, and the doctor told the desperate parents that the only way to treat this is a liver transplant. 

All they want is for Shanmukha to be normal like the other children

What was supposed to be a day of joy, turned into despair in no time. Sravanthi and Phaneendra had no time to celebrate the birth of their little bundle of joy. 

“I want my child to be normal. I want him to experience the joy of playing, running, going to school and coming back home to tell me how the day was. I want him to have a future of happiness. But, what do we do now? Nothing matters more to us than Shanmukha getting rid of white stools, dark urine and yellowed eyes.” says Sravanthi, eyes welling up with tears


Phaneendra and Sravanthi are doing everything in their capacity to save their baby boy, but the cost of his treatment is huge and beyond their means.  

They’re neck deep in debt and have no idea how to save their son

“I’ve done all I could. We have spent all our savings, we are in steep debt now. The doctor tells us that there is a fungus-like structure on the liver. He says that a liver transplant in the coming months is the only way we can see our child healthy and happy, but I can’t imagine how to source the 16 Lakh rupees required.” says Phaneendra, 9-month-old Shanmukha’s devastated father.


In the nine months, since the birth of Shanmukha, the family has spent 9 Lakh Rupees on the treatment. Medical tests, antibiotics and hospital admission for weeks at length, the family now requires Rupees 16 Lakh to have any chance of saving their son. They have loaned money from everywhere they could, but now all the wells have dried up.

How you can help 

If Shanmukha’s story haunts you, you know how desperately they need your help. Your support can save this 9-month-old baby’s life. Let’s give humanity a chance in the face of crisis.

Please help Phaneendra and Sravanthi save their baby boy.
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20th December 2019
Dear Supporters,

As mentioned in the previous updates, Shanmuka successfully completed the liver transplant surgery and is on regular follow ups. Apart from crowdfunding Shanmuga was supported by government funding too. She is returning to normal life. We have utilised the funds raised for clearing the expenses family has incurred. We have transferred Rs. 2,51,178 to the family's account as reimbursement for the expenses incurred in the hospital.

After taking the consent from the family and post discussing with the team of Doctors, excess money available in the campaign will be utilised towards the treatment of other  patients who are in urgent need.

To start begin with, Pt Chaitanya , aged 7 has been diagnosed with Chronic Liver Disease. He needs a Liver Transplant surgery to recover and his transplant is scheduled in the next 48-72 hours. He is presently admitted in the hospital for his transplant. Here is the campaign link.

https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-j-chaitanya-1

We will be transferring Rs. 1,00,000 from Shanmuka's campaign to Chaitanya's campaign. 

All donors of this campaign will receive periodic updates on the status of Chaitanya's health and treatment via emails and messages.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported Pt. Shanmuka. The donation that you have made for Shanmuka is saving lives of multiple children. Once again we would like to thank all of you for the wonderful support.

Regards
Team Milaap





Dear Supporters,

As mentioned in the previous updates, Shanmuka successfully completed the liver transplant surgery and is on regular follow ups. Apart from crowdfunding Shanmuga was supported by government funding too. She is returning to normal life. We have utilised the funds raised for clearing the expenses family has incurred. We have transferred Rs. 2,51,178 to the family's account as reimbursement for the expenses incurred in the hospital.

After taking the consent from the family and post discussing with the team of Doctors, excess money available in the campaign will be utilised towards the treatment of other  patients who are in urgent need.

To start begin with, Pt Chaitanya , aged 7 has been diagnosed with Chronic Liver Disease. He needs a Liver Transplant surgery to recover and his transplant is scheduled in the next 48-72 hours. He is presently admitted in the hospital for his transplant. Here is the campaign link.

https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-j-chaitanya-1

We will be transferring Rs. 1,00,000 from Shanmuka's campaign to Chaitanya's campaign. 

All donors of this campaign will receive periodic updates on the status of Chaitanya's health and treatment via emails and messages.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported Pt. Shanmuka. The donation that you have made for Shanmuka is saving lives of multiple children. Once again we would like to thank all of you for the wonderful support.

Regards
Team Milaap





26th November 2019
Dear Supporters,

We wish to update you that Mast. Sri Shanmuka Koushik is under regular OP consultations and required investigations.

Thanks for the continued support.

Regards
Obaidullah.
Dear Supporters,

We wish to update you that Mast. Sri Shanmuka Koushik is under regular OP consultations and required investigations.

Thanks for the continued support.

Regards
Obaidullah.
18th July 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for your support.

Here is some good news. Shanmukha's liver transplant was successful and he has been discharged. He is fine now and is under medications which were prescribed by the doctor.

Thank you all. It has been possible because of every one of you.

Regards,
Phaneendra
(Father)

Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for your support.

Here is some good news. Shanmukha's liver transplant was successful and he has been discharged. He is fine now and is under medications which were prescribed by the doctor.

Thank you all. It has been possible because of every one of you.

Regards,
Phaneendra
(Father)

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Goal: Rs.1,600,000

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