"The doctor told my mother that there is only a 50% chance that all of us would survive. Fortunately, we all made it through the delivery. I'm fine, but my babies lie in the ICU." - Ambrin
After 8 long years of marriage, Ambrin's wish for family came true. She was pregnant with not one but three children. The triplets were due to be born in April, but early Feb, Ambrin was rushed in for an emergency C-section. Today, she struggles alone to save all her children.
Her husband was far from home on the day she went into laborAmbrin's husband, Arif, works in a Kuwait-based shipping company. He visits the family in India once every year as he cannot afford the tickets. Arif is the sole-breadwinner for the family including his wife, elderly mother and divorcee sister and her children. He applied for leave around Ambrin's actual due date, so he could be by her side.
"I got a call from my mother-in-law who was crying. She said they won't survive. That's when I surmised that Ambrin went into preterm labor on 5th February. I had to fight with my employer and get emergency lunpaid eave of 1 week to travel home. I could not stay past that one week. Ambrin was discharged in 4 days, but our triplets are in there, unable to even breathe on their own." - Arif
Arif was able to meet his babies just once before he hurried back to Kuwait
Ambrin has to split her time between the three incubators holding the tripletsWithout her husband or mother by her side, Ambrin is alone in this battle. In the second week of their lives, Baby 1 needed surgery for an infection in his intestine. All triplets weigh barely one kilo each. They are on ventilator support and need a feeding tube that goes through their nose into the stomach for milk.
"All I ask the doctor is whether they will all survive. I stay here in the hospital for as long as I can, splitting my time between each of their incubators in the ICU. I am afraid to touch them because I worry that those tubes will hurt them. They are smaller than my palm!"
She is terrified of the alarms in the NICU
"I used to cry every time alarms went off in the NICU, now I learned to differentiate between bad alarms and not-so-bad alarms. I cry every time I see them suffering. There were happy tears also - when they started taking my breast milk properly and started gaining weight. I want to cry my heart out when my husband calls me, but I know he'll not be able to bear it. So I tell him that everything is fine here." - Ambrin.
'My husband didn't want to leave us - but if he loses his job, we'll lose our babies'Arif lost pay for the week he was with Ambrin. He also lost all his savings. He sold Ambrin's jewellery to get money for the treatment. So far, they have spent Rs. 7 lakhs. Arif had no choice but to go back to work, so he can earn for the family.
"My relatives think he has a high profile job but he does only documentation work there. We have not got much help from anyone. Bills are piling up everyday, we don't know what we can do. Even if he gives his whole salary this month, it'll not be enough." - AmbrinAmbrin is all alone at the NICU with no one by her side and Arif is struggling in Kuwait. He can come to his home only next year and fears that he may not see his babies again. Extremely preemie triplets are now battling for their lives and without your help, they will not make it.