They cannot bear to see their child suffering, but Bhagu and her husband, Shiv Singh, have hope that their son will recover as he in good hands, in a better hospital now. After all, he had been through much worse in another one a few weeks ago. “After his entire body became stiff at one point, my husband had to carry him from one floor to another. While doing so, he suddenly fell from his arms on to the floor and started getting seizures. By God’s grace, we were able to bring him to this hospital fast. I can’t imagine what would have happened otherwise,” adds Bhagu. The only thing that they're worried about is money, as they have nothing left to continue his treatment.
An old photo of Kalu
‘He laughed so much during our trip, we never realized he would be silenced by illness shortly after’After Kalu’s father, Shiv had got a new job as a jewellery salesman in Mumbai three years ago, he had to leave his family behind in their village of Dhani in Rajasthan. But after getting a salary hike last year, he was able to bring his family to come live with him. Two months back, the family decided to go visit their relatives back home, as it had been a while since they went anywhere due to financial constraints. “All of us enjoyed the trip so much. We did a lot of things – we went to the park, we went boating even. I had never seen my son so happy before that. He was laughing and having so much fun – in fact he even refused to go back to Mumbai; he only budged when we promised him that we would go on frequent trips like this,” reminisces Bhagu.
Soon after they returned to Mumbai, everything went downhill. Kalu became weak, refusing to eat anything. He complained of neck pain and began throwing up everything he ate. Shiv took him to a nearby hospital, where doctors failed to diagnose his condition. Due to lack of proper treatment, his neck became stiff and he became paralysed from waist down and could not even move his limbs. Thankfully, he was rushed to a good hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with Guillian-Barre Syndrome, where the body’s own immune system attacks the nerves. He underwent a surgery for his neck stiffness, and is slowly recovering, but not fully out of danger.
An old photo of Kalu with his grandmother and cousin