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Save Baby Zishan For Whom Every Breath Is A Painful Struggle

Since the time he learnt to say his first word, our baby has been sick. There are days when he curls up on my lap to sleep, and suddenly, starts gasping for air. He tries to open his mouth to breathe, but it only gets worse and he needs the oxygen mask immediately. This happens every few hours. He looks at me scared, tears welling up, but I can’t ease his pain. When he’s not crying, he’s laying on the bed, too exhausted and weak to even move. For the past two months, there hasn’t been a minute where he’s been without pain, not a minute has gone by without us worrying for his life.” – Ifrat, baby Zishan’s mother



Baby Zishan spent his first birthday in the hospital, crying in pain. He has been in the PICU for nearly 2 months now. As Ifrat carries and sings to her wailing baby, she wonders if she’ll ever get to take her son home and if he’ll ever be free from this excruciating pain. The only thing that can save him is continued treatment, but his poor parents can’t afford it.

Recurrent fevers were making him weak, but it was months before his deadly disease was diagnosed

Ever since he was 4-months-old, Zishan has been constantly falling sick. Every few months he would have a fever, cough and cold. He was admitted in the hospital for pneumonia and severe respiratory distress. He soon recovered, and his relieved parents took him home.



We thought we were taking home a healthy baby, but within days, he fell terribly sick again. We had to rush him to the hospital. Every few hours, he needed oxygen because it was almost impossible for him to breathe on his own. When I watch him lying on the bed, helpless, I think of how joyful and naughty he was. He would run out of the house every chance he got, and I would go running behind him to bring him back. Now, he can’t even sit up without help.”

His lungs’ airways are completely damaged, only oxygen support can save him

Baby Zishan has bronchiectasis, a severe disease of the lungs where the airways become damaged which lead to repeated infections and extreme difficulty in breathing. He has been on oxygen support and the respiratory assist for 1.5 months now. Zishan’s condition is slowly improving, but the oxygen support is the only thing keeping him alive. The only way Zishan can go back to the warmth and comfort of his home is if his parents can afford a home BIPAP, a device that aids in respiration. However, Ifrat and Mohammad Chand have nothing left to give their son the treatment he needs.

His parents have worked tirelessly to try and afford his treatment – but it’s not enough

Zishan fell sick so often that my husband's income as a driver wasn’t enough to afford the medicines. I started to learn to stitch so that I could get some work and we could afford it. However, I haven’t worked ever since his condition worsened and he was admitted to the PICU. My husband hardly earns 2000 in a month. We could start his treatment only because of the loans we’ve taken. After a few days in the PICU, we couldn’t pay his bills. The hospital and the doctors have been extremely supportive, but our poverty is standing in his way.”



Despite the hospital waiving the bills, Ifrat and Mohammad can’t afford the home breathing device that will help their son recover from this terrible disease. They desperately need your help to save their son from this misery.

How You Can Help

Baby Zishan can only start recovering if his parents can afford the device that will help him breathe. They’re struggling to even buy his daily medicines, 5 lakhs for his continued treatment is beyond their reach. Zishan is getting better, but he needs continued treatment and the respiratory aid to breathe properly. With your support, baby Zishan can finally recover from this severe disease and go home. 

Estimation letter
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16th November 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your love and support.

Zishan is doing good with his new BiPap machine. Now we are trying to arrange an oxygen cylinder/ concentrator to support him at home. Also, thereafter he'll be ready for discharge.

Thank you. Please keep sharing and supporting.

Regards,
Institute of Child Health
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your love and support.

Zishan is doing good with his new BiPap machine. Now we are trying to arrange an oxygen cylinder/ concentrator to support him at home. Also, thereafter he'll be ready for discharge.

Thank you. Please keep sharing and supporting.

Regards,
Institute of Child Health
5th October 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your love and support.

Here's a quick update on Zishan. Zishan is now at our general ward. We have provided him our bipap machine, and a new mask of his size that we have finally imported. Now all he needs is a bipap machine of his own, an oxygen concentrator (a machine that can provide oxygen in a cost lower than ordinary oxygen cylinders), and he will be ready to go home. In the mean time, we have removed the feeding tube and now he is having his food orally, by himself. We all wish for his speedy recovery.

Thank you once again.

Regards,
Institute of Child Health
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your love and support.

Here's a quick update on Zishan. Zishan is now at our general ward. We have provided him our bipap machine, and a new mask of his size that we have finally imported. Now all he needs is a bipap machine of his own, an oxygen concentrator (a machine that can provide oxygen in a cost lower than ordinary oxygen cylinders), and he will be ready to go home. In the mean time, we have removed the feeding tube and now he is having his food orally, by himself. We all wish for his speedy recovery.

Thank you once again.

Regards,
Institute of Child Health
5th September 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the love and support that you have shown towards Zishan.

Zishan is getting used to a new mask to put on his face and nose, as the machine he used previously cannot be taken home. He will probably be using this for a very long time, as his illness is chronic.

As mentioned in the estimation letter, the funds from this campaign will not only be used for medicines, but also to buy him a BIPAP machine since oxygen support is the only thing keeping him alive. The only way Zishan can go back to the comfort of his home is, if his parents can afford a home BIPAP machine (a device that aids in respiration).

Please continue to support him by sharing the campaign and do keep him in your prayers.

Once again, thank you all for your support.

Regards,
Institute of Child Health
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the love and support that you have shown towards Zishan.

Zishan is getting used to a new mask to put on his face and nose, as the machine he used previously cannot be taken home. He will probably be using this for a very long time, as his illness is chronic.

As mentioned in the estimation letter, the funds from this campaign will not only be used for medicines, but also to buy him a BIPAP machine since oxygen support is the only thing keeping him alive. The only way Zishan can go back to the comfort of his home is, if his parents can afford a home BIPAP machine (a device that aids in respiration).

Please continue to support him by sharing the campaign and do keep him in your prayers.

Once again, thank you all for your support.

Regards,
Institute of Child Health
Rs.295,704 raised

Goal: Rs.500,000

Beneficiary: Md Zishan Ansari info_outline

Supporters (94)

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Anonymous donated Rs.24,817
IB
Ishita donated US $25

Wish Jishaan a swift recovery.

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Deep donated US $25
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AYUSH ASTHANA donated Rs.121
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Anonymous donated Rs.5,000
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MMA donated Rs.25,000