“We may be poor, but we know the value of life. I take even injured animals from our village to the veterinary doctor. Now, I am in a position where I cannot save my own baby,” says Rajashekar, the baby's father.
Rajashekar and Manasa had a baby over two months before due date. The baby needs a womb-like safe environment to continue to grow normally before he can live. At birth, he weighed only 730 grams and is slowly gaining weight. He needs to stay in the incubator for two more months before he is ready to go home.
Lack of connectivity led to a difficult, painful pregnancyManasa and Rajashekar live in Korthakunda, a village near Raichur, Karnataka. Even for regular checkups, they had to travel almost 30 kms to reach a good hospital. When Manasa developed abdominal pain in the seventh month of her pregnancy – she could only get to the hospital after hours.
Manasa is in the hospital with the baby while Rajeshekar is back in the village trying to arrange for more funds
“Her pains started at night and I could take her to Raichur after arranging for a vehicle. She was in the hospital the whole day, and her condition only became worse. Doctor told us, we would lose the child. But miraculously, our baby survived,” Rajashekar recalls.
Despite difficulties, the baby is desperately clinging to lifeTheir baby was born on April 12, underweight and under-developed. He has been in an incubator for the past two weeks but is not out of danger. Slowly, he is fighting off sickness and developing rapidly. He has a good chance of making a recovery if given treatment.
“We brought him to Hyderabad because there are no facilities for that in Raichur. They have told us that he needs to be in a ventillator till he gains weight and his body is fully developed from inside. Without that – he will not last,” says Manasa.
The last two years have been full of difficulty for this family
“The river near our village is drying – and the last two years have been full of losses. For treatment, I borrowed up to Rs 8 lakhs on interest from people in the village. But even that is not enough to save my baby. I get calls daily to pay the bill, but I have only enough to buy medicines,” Rajashekar explains.
Rajashekar is a farmer struggling to do the right thing for his newborn child. No matter what the hardship – he has faith that things will become better. With a farmers' income, he will struggle for years to pay back his loans. It will all be for nothing if he cannot save his child's life.
How you can helpThe baby needs ventilator support for 8 more weeks till his lungs are fully developed and capable of fighting off infections. His parents are under debt and are worried sick that one day, their baby will be turned out because they couldn't pay the bill. They need urgent help to save their baby.
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