.“I keep calling out to her, saying her name. I talk to her like how I would when she was awake, but she hasn’t woken up in 6 days now. She can’t even breathe on her own and the infection has caused her stomach to swell up. Her condition is so critical, she’s fighting a mix of two types of blood cancer at the same time.”
The 10 minutes that Yogitha gets with Sayuktha every few hours in the PICU is the only thing she looks forward to now. Even though she can’t hold her, she’s hopeful just watching her 8-month-old get the treatment she needs. Unfortunately, baby Sayuktha’s condition is extremely critical and she needs to stay on in the PICU for a few more days. However, her fight doesn’t end there. Baby Sayuktha also needs chemotherapy to beat blood cancer. Sayuktha is running out of time, and her parents are desperately looking for a way to continue treatment.
.Baby Sayuktha is fighting two types of cancer at once
8 months ago, Yogitha, Sachin and their son, Suyog (7), celebrated the birth of a healthy baby girl. Never did they imagine that just a few months later, she would be fighting several battles for life. Last month, baby Sayuktha was diagnosed with Mixed Phenotype Acute Leukemia, a combination of two kinds of blood cancer that attacks the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow.
We didn’t waste any time. Her cancer can progress very rapidly, so we started chemotherapy immediately. But after the first cycle of chemotherapy, our baby caught a very serious infection and was moved to the PICU 10 days ago. Her condition only got worse. Her stomach started swelling and she was gasping for breath. She has been on ventilator support ever since.”Sayuktha’s condition is critical, but her parents are struggling to keep her in PICU
While Yogitha stays in the waiting room of the hospital all day, Sachin drags himself away from his wife and kids to go to work. As much as he wants to stay at the hospital, his job at the pharmacy is the only thing helping them stay afloat. However, after spending nearly 5 lakhs on her treatment in the past month, they can’t afford to continue the treatment which will cost them nearly 20 lakhs for PICU care and chemotherapy.
Every day it's getting more difficult to watch our baby suffer. It's even more difficult to think of stopping her treatment. We will go on as long as we can, beyond that, there's nothing we can do. I just want her to wake up again and take her home in my arms."