“She’s been living on liquids every day for the past one month. She can’t talk, breathe or eat on her own anymore. I call out to her and say “Chinni, I’m here for you. Don’t worry anymore, I’m here.” But all she can do is look at me and cry. On some days she gets so frustrated with the pipes in her nose, throat and pelvis that she tries to scream. Sadly, my daughter can’t even do that.”
Mamatha (16) spends her days in the ICU terrified and alone. On most days she stares into oblivion, unable to understand what is happening to her. When he parents call out to her, Mamatha can’t even respond. Her large intestine has stopped working, her legs are fractured, her pelvis and lower back, wounded. Mamatha is awake, but her life is slowly slipping away from her. Veeraiah and Rekha’s tears are uncontrollable every time they see her, wondering how they'll save their only child.
The day Mamatha's life changed foreverAt 10 am on May 10, Veeraiah received a phone call that he’ll never forget. His daughter had met with an accident. Rekha and he rushed to the hospital, only to realize that the accident was far more serious than they thought – their only daughter was fighting death and would need multiple surgeries to recover from the traumatic incident.
“It was around 9 am. She set out on her bike to drop her cousin to her hostel when a lorry hit her bike from behind. Mamatha fell on her right side and the wheel of the lorry pushed her body forward. Mamatha always wore a helmet when she was riding pillion. That’s the only reason she hasn’t suffered a brain injury and she’s alive. The last thing she said to us is that she’ll be back home soon, I wonder if I’ll take her home again.”
Rekha immediately underwent surgery for her ankles and the wound near her pelvis area, but now her large intestine has failed. She can’t eat any food on her own, and it’ll be a long time before she can even move again without treatment.
Just when they thought Mamatha was improving, her organs started to fail
“She was discharged after the surgery and was in the ward for 2 days. She was conscious, and we thought she was recovering. Little did we know that it was only going to get worse from there. Her large intestine stopped working, her stomach swelled up and her BP dropped extremely low. Ever since then, she has been in the ICU on ventilator support, surviving with the help of multiple tubes in her body. She's dependent on someone else for even her basic needs.”