“Like every other day, I called the daycare at around 6 p.m. before picking up Sriyansh from there. On the call, all they told me was to come directly to the hospital. When I reached the hospital I saw my little baby lying in the ICU unconscious, his body covered with pipes. My baby who was fit and fine that very morning, is now living on ventilator support,” Bhraminni, Sriyansh’s mother.
The place that they had entrusted with the care of their baby has now brought him the worst fate
Naveen and Bhraminni are working parents and leaving their 1-year-old baby in daycare was the only way they could manage a livelihood. They left him at the daycare at 10 in the morning and took him back home at 6 in the evening. This had been the everyday situation until June 13.
“When we went to the hospital we got to know that he had gulped some turpentine oil from a bottle kept at the daycare for painting the walls. All I could think that how could a place that apparently takes care of so many kids, be so careless. How could they not see when such a small child was taking the bottles? Why would they keep something so dangerous in the proximity of the kids?” Navin, Sriyansh's father.
Baby Sriyansh is fighting multiple problems and has not passed urine for 3 days nowWhile baby Sriyansh was being taken to the hospital, he already had 2 seizure attacks because the blood supply to his brain had stopped. He is in a state of complete unconsciousness. Although his brain is active, he is living on high-frequency ventilator support. He had to be put on machines which perform the functions of heart and lungs. If any of these machines are stopped, his body will collapse instantly.
“Since the day of the accident, we have not gone back home. We try to talk to him. He doesn’t respond at all. Doctors are saying that not just his lungs are affected, the right side of his heart is very weak too. For the past 3 days, he hasn’t even passed urine. Doctors are now even trying to make that happen. It’s so painful to see our only baby who is so small suffer in silence. He can’t even cry.”
These parents did not expect that keeping their baby away from their sight to give him a better future would cost them his lifeNavin and Bhraminni work day in and out, leaving their baby in a daycare just so that they can give him a better future. This was the least they could expect as a punishment to keep their child away.
The young parents combinedly earn about Rs 22,000 a month. In just 9 days they have already spent Rs 11 lakhs which is almost 50 times their monthly income.
“We have got some help from the daycare center and some help from our workplace. But the amount that is piling up every day in the hospital is just impossible to bear for us. Losing our baby to someone else’s carelessness is not even the last thing we can afford. Bhramanni is suffering from low BP and is slowly slipping into depression. In just a day our family has come crashing down. All I want now is to keep my baby alive at any cost. He’s running out of time.”
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Baby Sriyansh accidentally gulped turpentine oil in the daycare center he was admitted in, while his parents were away for work. He is very critical and is surviving on ventilator support and artificial oxygenation. The cost required for his life-saving treatment is Rs 30 lakhs and his parents have nothing to save him.