The baby is smaller than a Coca-Cola Bottle!In an emergency C-section, Dipali delivered a baby girl. She weighed just 730 grams. She had no fat to regulate her body heat. Her body, under-developed was too fragile to make it outside the womb, Her lungs were not ready to breathe. This was an early baby, who started gasping for breath like a fish out of a pond.
“I barely saw her as they brought her out of the OT. Wrapped in those towels, she was so tiny, smaller than a Coca-cola bottle. They took her directly to the NICU. As I stood there, she was hooked to so many wires and the ventilator. I never got to hold her. I still haven’t held her.” – Pradyut
Dipali, Pradyut and their son Kushal
Pradyut is taking care of his wife, son and newborn daughter with no supportPradyut has no support system in Mumbai. He moved there with his wife and 12-year-old son, Kushal, from a small village near Kolkata. They hoped a job in the city would help raise their child. Pradyut works at a small jewellery store. The rest of the family is back in the village. They cannot afford to travel to Mumbai.
“I start my day by cooking for my wife and son. I drop Kushal at school and Dipali at the hospital. I check our daughter. Then I head off to work. On the way back, I pick up my son, go to the hospital for Dipali, go back home and then cook again.” - Pradyut
Help them bring their baby girl homeDipali has not yet recovered from C-section. She needs rest but begs to go to the hospital to be by her daughter’s side. She is depressed and frustrated unable to hold her baby girl.
“Our daughter needs to be in the NICU for a few weeks. We spent everything I had saved for the delivery and even Kushal’s school fee. We sold our jewellery. We even took a loan from a money lender. All that is gone. Now I need Rs. 12 lakhs more to finish this treatment and bring my daughter home.” - Pradyut
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