The first 10 days of his birth were the only pain-free time he’s had till nowBaby Sehajdeep is the second child of Navdeep and Gurinderbir, a poor couple belonging to a small village in Punjab. Gurinderbir had to do many odd jobs to keep his family afloat – but no matter how hard the times were, he made sure that his family had three meals a day. Their elder son, Manjot Singh (5) had been pestering his parents for a baby brother or sister for a long time, and therefore Sehajdeep’s birth was celebrated in the household, despite their bad financial situation. “He was fine for the first 10 days of his life. After that, he started having breathing problems. He would suffer from cold and fever every now and then. Regular trips to the doctors and medicines did not help him,” says Navdeep.
Sehajdeep, a month before he started falling sick
When the baby started feeding less and subsequently lost weight, Navdeep knew something was amiss. Her husband was not around. Her elderly father accompanied her to a good hospital with the baby, where he was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease called truncus arteriosus, where there is a hole in the dividing wall (septum) between the two lower chambers of the heart known as the right and left ventricles. This led to lower levels of oxygen in the body, and added pressure to his lungs. He had to undergo an urgent surgery on 14th January and has been in intensive care ever since. He is unable to breathe on his own and needs two more surgeries to completely recover.
Navdeep with her elderly father at the hospital
‘My husband wants to come back to India desperately, but he can't’Gurinderbir considered it Waheguru’s blessing when he landed a job as a carpenter in Dubai a few months ago. He believed that this would pave the way for good times for himself and his family. Ever since Gurinderbir came to know of his son’s plight, he has been inconsolable. “Earlier, he used to call home every week only in a bid to save money, but now he has been calling every other hour. He cries and tells me that he wants to see him, but his employer will not grant him leave since it's not been even a year since he joined. He is trying his best to pool money, but nothing has worked out so far,” laments Navdeep. Navdeep was able to pay for her son’s first surgery using her aged parent’s savings (Rs 2.5 lakhs). She has nothing left anymore and no one to turn to for help.
Sehajdeep was growing up to be a happy baby when his heart started giving up on him
How you can help5-month-old Sehajdeep is suffering from a severe heart disease and needs to undergo two back-to-back surgeries to be alright. He is currently in intensive care, as his bad heart is putting a lot of pressure on his lungs. He cannot breathe on his own as well. With his father toiling away in the Gulf to pay back loans, his mother is struggling to save him.
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