"It Was The Most Difficult Decision Of My Life"On 2 December 2017, Sunita complained of stomach ache. Alarmed, Srinivas rushed her to the hospital. At the hospital, the couple were told that Sunita needed an immediate C-section to save the mother and the baby. Srinivas felt as though things were spinning out of control and he simply did not know what was the best decision.
"I was in a fix when they asked me what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I had to save my wife. The few hours that I was waiting outside the operation theatre was the most scared I have ever been. I had never felt this helpless. My wife was inside, fighting for herself and the baby, while I was just sitting outside on a bench. I was so scared, I wanted to rush inside and hear her speak again. When they finally told me that she was safe, I started crying," recalls Srinivas.Thankfully, Sunita was saved as was their baby. Sunita and Srinivas had a baby girl but not in the best circumstances. She weighed only 700 grams and needed help to even keep breathing. She was taken to the NICU immediately and put on the ventilator.
Both Mother And Daughter Need Medical CareEver since the traumatic delivery, the family has had hardly any time to compose themselves. Even after surgery, Sunita was still in a critical condition. Her baby was critical and was moved to the NICU - with every passing day bringing up some new complication.
"Birth of a child is supposed to be a happy occasion for any couple in love, but we should have known better than to let ourselves be hopeful. I and Sunita have been struggling with one thing or another since our marriage. The same unlucky fate has already been passed to our child. Just born and already deep in pain and poverty. Her parents don't even have money to save her," says Srinivas.As of the now, the baby has been in the hospital for past 40 days and is expected to be there for another 20 days. The baby is showing improvement but is still on a breathing tube. The family has to ensure that she gets the best of medical care if they want to take her home.
Srinivas Is Presently Unemployed Because He Is Looking After His FamilySrinivas, a daily-wage worker is the only earning member of the family. His income depends on the availability of jobs and each day he managed to work. With the baby in the hospital, and Sunita at home, he is running back and forth to making sure they are both all right. He is unable to take up any new work. The couple was hoping for a smooth delivery and the sudden shift in events has put a considerable dent in their pockets.
The estimated cost of baby's treatment is Rs 5.68 lakhs and the family is finding it difficult to arrange for that much money. They have managed to pay some of it, but are still trying to arrange a large chunk of the bills. The couple is happy that their firstborn is showing considerable improvement, but at the same time are weighed down because they don't know how much longer she can be in the hospital.
"We took our relatives' help and somehow arranged Rs 2 lakhs. Now we have nothing left. We sold off what little jewelry we had. Now, I don't even have the money to bring her up. We are neck deep in debt already and haven't even managed to pay off half of the hospital bill," says a worried Srinivas.
How Can You Help?The baby will need to be in the NICU for another 20-30 days which will cost the family Rs 5.68 lakhs. They have already spent Rs 2 lakhs and exhausted all their other sources. Sunita and Srinivas are desperate to save their baby.
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