The doctors say they can operate, but the outcomes are variable. Maybe he will survive, maybe he won't.
Knowing you have no choice, yet with a hollow feeling in your chest, you relinquish your 3-month-old child to the surgeons.
After what seems like ages in the hospital waiting room, the surgeons come out. The surgery went well, they say.
You are overjoyed. Your baby wakes up from anesthesia and starts playing in the ward and you are so relieved to see your lovely baby bright and cheerful again.
Then, in less than a day, your baby sags. Before your eyes he turns from playful to exhausted and feverish. Before you know it, the doctors are hurrying him into the ICU and connecting him to wires and tubes, puncturing his soft silky skin, giving him drugs that make him still and silent. We need to sedate him they say. He has an infection due to a surgical complication and he needs many antibiotics, they say.
Then, as if things aren't bad enough, in the middle of the night, the doctors have to perform emergency surgery for intestinal obstruction and connect his intestine to the outside of his body.
This is the true embodiment of a nightmare for any parent. Now imagine what it's like for a parent who doesn't have the money to pay for treatment? Unbearable. This is the story of 3-month-old baby Bibash and his parents.
In desperation, Bibash's parents have traveled to Bangalore all the way from West Bengal. Now with the lockdown, they have no income and they cannot contact anybody for support.
They have already sold all their jewelry and possessions to pay for his treatment as well as borrowed money for treatment (at an exorbitant interest rate). Bibash's father, the only earning member of the family is a day laborer who makes less than Rs 5000 per month.
3-month-old baby Bibash has gone through so much and survived against all odds. Give him a chance to live his life. Donate whatever you can to his parents who sit at his bedside with tears pouring down their faces day and night.
For you, the money you donate may be no more than the cost of a dinner or the petrol money you've been saving from lockdown. But for the family of Bibash, its the life of their baby.
Bibash deserves a life. And you can give it to him.