“After waiting for so many years, we were too excited to finally have a baby. When I rushed my wife to the hospital that night, both of us were desperately praying that nothing should go wrong. But it did, and now our baby is fighting for his life. Our prayers went unheard” - Anil, baby's father.
Their long wait did not have a happy endingDoctors told the heartbroken first-time parents that it was a miracle their baby was born alive. His lungs are not entirely formed, and he has heart problems too, for which he is currently getting treated. Shockingly, their 8-day-old baby boy had three attacks of jaundice and is under intensive care. Due to his fragile health condition, their baby also needs blood transfusions.
Sreedevi and Anil have been married for 12 years and desperately waiting for a child. Finally, their dreams came true when she got pregnant with their first child. They were the happiest in the longest of time, but their happiness was short lived. Sreedevi had to deliver a premature baby in the sixth month of pregnancy and now their baby boy is struggling to survive.
Even before they could hold their baby he was taken into the NICU
“We had so many plans. We thought of names for our unborn baby. I always used to tell her, ‘if it’s a boy, we will name him Gopaiah, after my grandfather’. But even before we could hold him in our arms, he was taken into the NICU and has been there ever since.”
All their plans for their bundle of joy came shattering down when Sreedevi started bleeding and suffering severe pain one night. Anil rushed her to the hospital and they were told that Sreedevi went into labor early and the only way to save her was a premature delivery. She gave birth to their son under critical conditions and he was admitted to the NICU right away.
Despite her weakness after the delivery, Sreedevi insists on being around her baby
“My wife is devastated, it was impossible to get her to stop crying. Two days after her delivery she was discharged from the hospital. While she was still recovering, she desperately wanted to see her child. Four days later when I brought her here, she broke down in the hospital corridor itself, even before we could reach the NICU.”
The desperate parents are doing everything to save their babySreedevi and Anil have barely slept since their baby was born. Anil has been at the hospital ever since their baby was born and has been handling the situation at the hospital alone. He needs to run around all the time, asking the doctors about his son’s improvement, get his medicines and so on. Sreedevi could visit the hospital only once, to see her son. Upon the doctor's advice, she breastfed him once, but the baby's body is not in a condition to feed yet.
Their baby has tubes on him for antibiotics, fluids and nutrition. Seeing his tiny body covered in all these tubes breaks Anil. All Sreedevi and Anil want, is for their baby to survive this nightmare and go home with them, healthy. But the biggest hindrance in the way of his life is Anil’s financial condition.
He wishes he had property so that he could sell it to pay for his son's treatment
“I wish I had some property to sell. I would have sold everything for his treatment, but sadly I’m not that rich. I have done everything I could to arrange the money needed, but now I don’t have any other source left.”
Anil works as a collection agent for a small chit fund company. While he earns Rs 20,000 a month, in the past few days, he has already spent over 30 times his monthly income, for medical expenses alone. He exhausted all his savings, sold his motorbike and borrowed money from relatives and friends to pay Rs 7 lakhs worth of bills for his son’s treatment. But now he has run out of sources to borrow money from and can’t pay for his son’s treatment anymore.
How you can helpTo save their only child, Anil and Sreedevi need your help. After longing for a child for so many years, they don’t deserve to lose their bundle of joy to lack of money. He still needs Rs 15 lakhs for his son's treatment and every contribution from you will make a big difference to their lives.
Please help Anil and Sreedevi save their baby boy.