Dengue Has Caused Multi-organ Failure In This 11-year-old | Milaap
Dengue Has Caused Multi-organ Failure In This 11-year-old
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    R. Chaitra

    from Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

We are still in shock. Our daughter needs support to breathe, dialysis and has even undergone plastic surgery because her flesh was infected due to prolonged IV needle use. She became critical in just four days.” – Ramkumar, Chaithra's father.

Chaithra's fever started on June 16 and when her parents took her to the doctor in their village, they were assured it was just a viral fever. In four days, her organs started failing and her dengue was finally identified. Unfortunately, her condition has become too critical and she was rushed to Hyderabad. Chaithra is still in a lot of danger and her parents need help saving her.

Chaithra has been unconscious for over 12 days

Chaithra is a class 6 student from Parkal, Warangal. She opened her eyes two days back and still believes she is in Warangal because she has no memory of coming to Hyderabad. Even now, she is unable to stay awake for too long, drifting in and out of a fevered haze. Chaithra's waking has brought crashing relief for her parents.

Chaithra is still critical and still can't breathe. But since she opened her eyes, her mother and I at least feel some hope. We have been able to calm ourselves a little. Our daughter needs us. Our 4-year-old son is with his aunt, and he keeps calling asking to see his sister. We have to do what we can.” – Ramkumar.

Chaithra's parents were unprepared for this crisis

Chaithra's father is a school teacher and this emergency caught him completely unprepared. Chaithra has been in the ICU for over 20 days now and has undergone intensive treatment. Her father Ramkumar has spent all his savings and borrowed close to Rs 22 lakhs to keep the treatment going. Chaithra is still in danger and needs at least 10 more days of treatment, but her father has exhausted all his resources.

“She wanted to be a doctor. I never imagined that she would have to learn about illness and hospitals this way. I am a social studies teacher in a private school in Parkal. I have no other doors left to ask for help for her treatment. I need help saving her life.” – Ramkumar

How you can help

Through no fault of hers, Chaithra is fighting a battle for her life. She needs critical care and strong antibiotics to fight off the infection. Her parents have been running from pillar to post trying to save her in the last 20 days. They are emotionally and financially broken. Without help, they will have to stop Chaithra's treatment.

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