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Physically Challenged Mother Struggles To Save Baby From Heart Disease
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Rajathi was born physically challenged, her right hand and leg have a functional weakness and she cannot even hold a glass in her right hand. Despite her condition, she had always been a strong woman. She was elated when baby Kavish was born, however, he was diagnosed with heart disease a month after his birth. One day, while Rajathi was feeding him, he started choking, within few minutes his skin turned blue completely. Rajathi, with the help of her neighbours, rushed to the hospital, and for the first time in her life, she felt completely defeated when she couldn't comfort her baby. She did not understand what was happening to him. Now, it has been almost 2 years since when his struggles began, but the nightmares of losing him still continue. Baby Kavish is battling a deadly heart disease and needs an urgent heart surgery.

Baby Kavish has multiple heart defects that cause him severe breathing trouble

 Baby Kavish was diagnosed with a Tetralogy Fallot, it is a combination of four abnormalities in the heart. It affects the structure of the heart and causes oxygen-poor blood to flow out of the heart and into the rest of the body. Children with this disease have blue-tinged skin because their blood doesn't carry enough oxygen. He also has holes in his heart.

"The first time I saw him choking, I was terrified. When doctors told us that he has a heart disease, I almost fainted. His health is unpredictable, one minute he would be normal like any other children but the next minute he would start struggling to breathe. He cries uncontrollably and he hardly sleeps well." - Rajathi.

An urgent open heart surgery is the only possible way to save baby Kavish's life

When baby Kavish was diagnosed with heart disease, he was extremely underweight and his little body was not fit for the surgery. He was under medications but now they're not enough anymore. He needs an urgent heart surgery without which he cannot survive. Rajathi was hopeful that her baby would recover soon but his condition kept worsening, cold and cough never subside and sometimes his heart beats are rapid. Rajathi also has a 4-year-old daughter Subithra but she could hardly give her any attention. Rajathi lives in the constant fear of losing baby Kavish and refuses to leave him even for a moment.

"We live in a small village near Nagapattinam. The local doctors gave medicines and asked us to wait till he gains weight. Last month, we had a free heart camp in our village, and it was only then that we knew that he needs surgery at the earliest. He will turn 3 in a week's time but we are only filled with fear instead of happiness." - Rajathi.

Father, a daily wage worker, cannot afford the life-saving surgery and is desperately waiting for a help

Rajathi's husband Babu is a daily wage worker. He works in a farm for a very meager salary. He gets around Rs 3000 - 5000 per month. He works day and night to feed his family. His day to day survival itself is a challenge to him and arranging money for his baby's treatment is just beyond his means. He needs 4 lakh for the surgery and the very thought of it is makes them shiver with fear.

" My husband is running to everyone he knew to arrange for funds. All I can do is to cry helplessly. I feel guilty that I cannot do anything for my son. Every time he struggles to breathe, my heart skips a beat. I do not know what I can do, I have nothing to sell. We are running out of time but we still haven't found a way to get the surgery done." - Rajathi.

How you can help

2-year-old Baby Kavish is battling a deadly heart disease and only an urgent surgery can save his life. His mother who is physically challenged is desperately waiting for help. The poor parents struggle to make their ends meet. They cannot afford to save their precious son. your contribution can help their baby live a normal life.

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