The parents did not know that a common cold could prove to be so dangerous for their baby
“Only 15 days after we brought Dashwanth home, he caught a severe cold and I noticed a strange sound while he was breathing. First I thought that it would go away on its own but when it seemed to persist longer, we decided to take him to the hospital. The tests were performed only to reveal to us that he has a hole in his heart. I broke into tears the moment I heard this, I was not prepared to lose my only child,” - Rameshwari.
Baby Dashwanth has a congenital heart defect that doesn’t allow the oxygen-rich blood to be circulated to the entire body and the heart has to work harder to pump enough blood to the body. This leads to an enlarged heart and a high blood pressure. Dashwanth is 3-month-old but he is severely underweight - he weighs just 3.5kgs. His growth has been stopped due to the defects in his heart.
The parents have spent sleepless nights on the hospital floors trying to get the best treatment for their sonElango and Rameshwari live in Nagarkoil, near Kanyakumari. Every time they need to take Dashwanth to the hospital, they have to travel by bus. It is a long, tiresome journey and the little baby gets even sicker during the journey.
“Often we have to spend few nights in the hospital for his treatment. We don’t have the money to rent a house there and hence end up sleeping on the hospital floors. The canteen food is too costly for us and sometimes we have to skip the meals too. But all of this doesn’t affect us when Dashwanth’s face comes to our mind. I don’t mind going through any hardships - all I want is him to get better,” - Elango.