They didn’t expect a small fever to be something so bad“Until 3 years ago, my son was perfectly alright. He was like any other 7 year-old – playful, energetic and very naughty. But one day unexpectedly, he got a fever that persisted for days. Along with that, he complained of losing consciousness now and then. He had fainting episodes too. We were very worried. He was healthy and had food properly, then why did he become so ill all of a sudden?” says Ramakrishna.
Their hearts broke when the doctors said that Siva’s heart is very weakWhen the fevers kept coming back, his worried parents took him to a doctor in the village, who then suggested they go to a better hospital in Hyderabad. The parents were willing to go to any extent for their sick child.
“We didn’t have any money as such. We just took whatever little we had and took him to Hyderabad as we were told he has a serious illness. A couple of tests and scans later, we were told that his heart is not functioning the way it is supposed to. The blood pumping is taking place in a wrong way, and that is why he is fainting too often. I could not understand what was happening. My wife started crying and Siva started getting upset too seeing his mother,” Ramakrishna recalls.
Villagers and the local MLA refused to help Siva Ganesh“Usually, when somebody in the village is in dire need of funds, everybody pools in money and tries to help as much as they can. But in my poor son’s case, nobody came forward. Since my son is going to school and looks alright, they think he is fine. But he is not. His heart has a block that may turn fatal very soon. His heart can stop any moment and will need to rely on a pacemaker for the rest of his life.They don’t understand that,” says Ramakrishna adding that he had gone to ask help from people in his village and the MLA of their constituency, but had to come back empty handed.
How you can helpSiva Ganesh needs an urgent operation that costs Rs 4.5 lakh, but his father Mutyala Ramakrishna cannot afford it. Every 6 months, he has to take his son for review to the hospital in Hyderabad, and that itself costs Rs 15,000, which he borrows from moneylenders. Siva’s elder sister, 12-year-old Eswari has stopped buying things, even small pencils, for herself as she knows the crisis her family is going through.
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