1-Month-Old Baby Girl Hasn't Been Home Since Birth, Help Her Recover | Milaap
1-Month-Old Baby Girl Hasn't Been Home Since Birth, Help Her Recover
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    Vaijinath Bhosale
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    Baby of Mitali Sahoo

    from Mumbai, Maharashtra

Sir, there is a queue. Could you please hurry up?’- Sushant was brought back to reality by this voice as he was staring at a photograph of his wife and him together that he keeps in his wallet. ‘Yes, of course’, he said and quickly bought two tickets for Mahalakshmi railway station and left. He was hurrying in order to avoid the usual crowd in Mumbai local trains but then remembered that his wife, Mitali won’t be able to make it so fast. The stitches from her C-section still hadn’t healed and she had difficulty in walking. Finally, as they made it to the train and Mitali got a place to sit, Sushant opened his wallet again just to look at this not-so-old photo of theirs. The picture was taken 10 months ago, during their wedding. All the young couple had hoped for then was a happy married life; a little baby to play in their laps. But now even that seems like a far-fetched dream for Sushant and Mitali. They were making a 2 hour long train journey to the hospital where their premature baby girl was fighting for her life in the NICU. 

A picture of the happy couple

A complicated pregnancy led to a premature delivery - but the couple’s nightmare still isn’t over

Mitali didn’t have a trouble-free pregnancy. When she was 6 months pregnant with her baby, she incurred an infection and because of which she had a rupture in the membrane of the womb. As a result, the baby was born prematurely and was extremely underweight. She weighed only 750 gms.
“A glimpse of the baby’s face, covered in cotton and cloth and that was it - she was taken away from us. The doctors told us that she needs to stay in the NICU for a longer period to recover from her conditions. We had no choice but to pray for good health,” - Sushant.

Mitali doesn’t want to wash her hands after coming back from the hospital, lest the smell of her baby goes away

“I can’t try and console Mitali. These days, she is always very upset - she hardly touches food. I try to feed her, take her mind of the baby - but all she can think of is her newborn. I have noticed that she hesitates to even wash her hands after coming home from the hospital. She says it smells of her baby, she doesn’t want it to go. What can I even say to that? I hug her and say that our daughter will be home soon.”

The baby needs a surgery and a month-long NICU stay to get better

Sushant and Mitali’s baby has been diagnosed with aggressive retinopathy of prematurity or APROP.  It is a disease in premature babies that causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina (the layer of nerve tissue in the eye that enables us to see). This growth can cause the retina to detach from the back of the eye, leading to blindness. The doctors have advised laser surgery that needs to be done as soon as possible.
“Our baby was born on 7th November and has been in the NICU since then. It’s been a month and we still haven’t been able to take her back home. She needs to stay here longer - she needs the surgery. But with my income, it is impossible for me to continue the treatment.”

How you can help

Sushant works as a construction site supervisor in Andheri and his salary isn’t enough to continue his baby’s treatment. Lately, he hasn’t been able to go to work because of his daily visits to the hospital. He has been trying desperately to arrange for money and has already spent about a lakh. He needs Rs 9.6 lakhs more and there is no way he can do this without help. A small contribution from your side and bring back happiness to this young couple’s life.

Together, we can save Mitali's newborn

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