Shyam Babu is a 5-year-old child full of smiles and joy. However, Shyam suffers from a vein obstruction in his liver that has stopped his blood circulation. Shyam's condition has resulted in gastronomic bleeding and growth retardation.
How It All HappenedThree years ago, on a regular day, Shyam began vomiting blood. His father, a mechanic in an agro-products company in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, rushed home from work that day. Shyam was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with this condition.
"I remember that day. My wife called me up and cried to me. I left everything and rushed home." - Myla Rajeev,30, father of Shyam Babu.
"Every time my son drank or ate something, his stomach would swell up, and he would start vomiting blood," said Rajeev, who has been working as a mechanic in the same company for the last 10 years.
Through the Employees' State Insurance(ESI), a self-financing social security and health insurance scheme for Indian workers, Rajeev was able to get his son treated and diagnosed after an MRPC scanning - a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam that produces detailed images of the the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct in Ramesh Hospitals in Guntur,Andhra Pradesh. The child's food pipes are also swollen up.
There were days when Shyam would cry, and not be able to communicate his pain."I would see him cry, would talk to him. He would try to talk, but wouldn't be able to. He would start crying in pain. That shattered my heart into a million pieces." - Myla Rajeev
Doctors have informed Rajeev that surgery is the only solution - a solution that Rajeev is completely for, but cannot afford.
Rajeev is the only breadwinner for his joint familyRajeev earns around Rs.10,000 a month and is the only earning member for his family of 6 - that include his mother, wife Jyothi, sister and youngest child Lasya who is 1 and-a-half-years old. Rajeev's sister is presently studying B.Tech in a government engineering college and lives with them. The family suffered a tragedy when Rajeev's father passed away 5 days ago.
"It is very hard for me. I am not educated. I studied till the 10th standard, and started working immediately after that. This is the maximum that I can earn. It kills me that I cannot support my entire family no matter how much I work."- Rajeev.
Shyam was enrolled in school but was forced to quit almost immediately, when the surgery date was finalized.