18-year-old Anima from a small village called Denapur, West Bengal, has been having chest pains for over nine years. She was diagnosed with a rare and severe cardiac condition as a result of a birth defect, and needs corrective surgery to save her life. Anima's family has not been able to afford the surgery all these years because of their socioeconomic background. Her critical condition has made it imperative to have her admitted and opt for the surgery at the earliest.
A lifetime of pain
Down to the last penny
Anima’s parents are farmers from Denapur, Howrah, who have seasonal income which is hardly enough to support their expenses. Her brother Jeyanthu takes tuition at home and earns Rs. 3500/month. She also has an elder sister who is married. Anima is recently married to a daily wage laborer who hardly makes Rs. 4000/month to support a family of four that includes his ailing parents. Currently, she is with her parents, and her brother is doing all that he can to pool funds for her surgery.