The baby was diagnosed with NRDS – Newborn Respiratory Distress Syndrome. This condition, which stems from acute respiratory trouble, causes a critically low blood oxygen level and abnormally high blood pressure. On diagnosis, he was immediately placed under 90% ventilator support for an initial period of 48 hours. However, he showed no signs of improvement. White patch in lungs established in xray confirmed fluid formation or pneumonia infection, high pressure in blood vessel between heart & lungs. Antibiotics were given for baby to fight infection. Severe infection due to Type B Streptococcal Bacteria has been identified. By the 20th, which was his 4th day under ventilator support, he had to undergo 5 units of blood transfusions. 2 units of Immunoglobulin was also given. In addition, ventilator support was extended for another 5 days. By the 22nd, ventilator support had to be increased to 95% as he showed no signs of improvement. Brain activity was also found below normal and physically, baby was not fully active. Doctor prescribed MRI, CT and EEG.
Maheswaran, who works with a private sector company in Gurgaon, is the family’s sole breadwinner, and the insurance limit of Rs 2 lakhs was exhausted on the 25th June itself, forcing Maheswaran to dip into his savings. With the overall expenses at the hospital being Rs 50,000 per day, Maheswaran has completely exhausted his savings and his PF balance as of today, 29th June. With the doctor mandating oxygen support for a minimum of 15 additional days, Maheswaran is facing a hard choice of taking on a heavy debt burden to ensure his baby’s survival.