“6 months ago, we were told that his surgery needs to happen as soon as possible. I’ve begged so many people to help me out but I just can’t gather the money required for his surgery. I feel defeated. Anand is so weak right now, and every time I get the feeling that I’m going to lose him any moment.” – Ruben, Anands father.
1-year-old Anand’s heart is so critical that he suffocates more and more every day. Anand has been suffering from a severe congenital heart disease since birth and his surgery has been delayed for so long because his father, a poverty-stricken watchman who is submerged in debt, has absolutely nothing left to save him.
1-year-old Anand at the hospital
Anand’s abnormal breathing makes it hard for him to even sleep
“I feel terrible when I just look at his face. Unlike a normal child, he’s breathing so rapidly that he can’t even sleep at night when he’s tired. He just keeps on crying. It never stops. He’s just so critical right now and as his father, I can’t tell you how terrible I feel because I’m unable to save him.” – Ruben.
Around 6 months after birth, Anand was diagnosed with a Patent Ductus Arteriosus which is, simply put, an opening between blood vessels that leave the heart. The result is mixing of good and bad blood with less oxygen circulated in his body. This causes breathing issues and has a deadly effect on his lungs and his heart.
Anand, Sita, Anmol and Ruben outside their home
Anand’s heart is at high risk of failure
“His weight is also decreasing. He’s more than a year old but he still can’t walk. He is so weak that he won’t even crawl or move from side-to-side. He doesn’t breastfeed long too because he gets breathless. This has devastated my wife, Sita. My 6-year-old son, Anmol, watches other babies walk in our neighborhood and he keeps asking me ‘when is my brother going to walk?’. My heart just sinks. "– Ruben
In December 2017, the 1-year-old had to undergo surgery at the earliest. His condition has worsened so dramatically in the past 6 months that his heart is now, at high risk of failure. Only an immediate heart surgery will make sure that Anand survives.
Sita and Anand in their poor home
Ruben feels defeated because there is no one to help him save his sonRuben works as a watchman earning a meager sum of Rs. 200/day. His wife, Sita is a housewife and her depression seems to get worse with every day because she thinks her son is slowly dying.
“A few years ago, we had to admit Anmol to the hospital too because he had a very high fever and allergies. I had borrowed money for that and still haven’t paid it back. For Anand’s medicines and visits, I borrowed Rs. 65,000 from everyone I know. Right now, I am neck deep in debt. For the surgery, I’ve begged so many people but no one helped me out. Everyone just told me to keep praying. I am so poor and right now, I am so scared because I just can't afford so much money.” – Ruben.