Surviving On Minimal Wages, This Father Can't Save His Newborn's Life | Milaap
Surviving On Minimal Wages, This Father Can't Save His Newborn's Life
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    Baby of Reshma Bhanu

    from Bangalore, Karnataka


At the end of a tiresome day at the small hotel he works in, Jeelani checks with the cook if there’s any extra food he can take for his wife. He packs it in one small container and makes his way to the hospital to see his baby girl in the ICU - after nearly a month, this has become a part of his routine. He hands over the packet to his wife who refuses to eat, “one more couple took home their baby today, when will she we take ours?” she asks, and he just sits with her in silence for a while and gathers courage to see his baby who’s lying in the ICU with tubes.

“This has been our life for nearly one month, every day we pray that we’ll get to take her home. I keep telling Reshma to have faith in Allah. Days became weeks, and we’re still here. I know my baby is fighting hard and I have to do everything to save her." -  Jeelani, father

The day of her delivery is etched in their memories forever – they nearly lost her

Reshma sees her baby every chance she gets. Still healing from her c-section surgery, she accompanies Jeelani every morning to the hospital and waits there till he finishes work. “I still remember the pain I felt in the 7th month of my pregnancy, I knew something wasn’t right,” she recalls.

Reshma and Jeelani’s baby will be 1-month-old on January 12. She was born premature, underweight and struggling to breathe. She immediately taken to the NICU and 8 days after her birth, she started having seizures. The couple is terrified for the baby, and even though her condition is improving with treatment, she’s still not out of danger.

A helper in a small hotel, Jeelani struggles day and night to try and afford his baby’s treatment

The baby girl needs to stay in the NICU longer, under strict observation to completely recover. However, after weeks of medical expenses, Jeelani doesn’t have much to go on with. The Rs. 350 he earns every day by working in the kitchen of a small hotel in Bangalore isn’t enough to continue his baby’s treatment. They have borrowed from family, and on some days, he even works long shifts, but none of this is enough.

“Somedays we spend our nights in the waiting room of the hospital. But as much as I want to, I can’t stay there for long. I have to work to at least try and afford her treatment. No matter how long my day has been, I make sure to see her. We can’t hold her yet, but I believe that soon, she’ll be with us at home. We’re waiting to name her and watch her grow. It’s my only wish.” – Jeelani

Reshma and Jeelani can take their baby home with your help

The devastated parents don’t have the means to continue their newborn's treatment. Their baby has experienced nothing but pain and needs to stay in the NICU longer to get healthy and stronger. The new parents need your help to save their baby girl. After 7 long years of wait, they finally had a child, and now their only prayer is that they take her home with them – you can make it happen.

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