“My wife is constantly on the verge of breaking down. Whenever she sees our son, she can’t even stand without support. I’m trying my best to be strong for her and my son, but it’s so hard to even think right now.
Nothing hurts parents more than seeing their child in pain. For Anita and Venkateshwarlu, this happened in the worst way possible, with Anita hearing her son’s near-death screams from getting burnt by boiling water. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing and would have fainted from the trauma if not for her motherly instincts kicking in instantly.
These first-time parents saw their worst nightmare come trueAnita was preparing a bath for their 7-month-old son, Gnaneswar. She had just poured hot water into a small tub right outside their house and went inside to get cold water to add to it. Baby Gnaneswar was crawling in the house like he usually did and before she knew it, he was near the water tub.
She came back from the house and right in front of her eyes, her baby fell into the hot tub, and let out a loud wail of pain. She acted swiftly and picked him up from the tub of hot water. But even the brief touch of scalding hot water had burnt him. His skin was raw and baby Gnaneswar wouldn’t stop wailing. Anita immediately called Venkateshwarlu home.
The sight of their baby burnt and in pain haunts these parentsVenkateshwarlu reached home in a rush, he saw the baby's skin burnt. His skin was pink and starting to peeling off. There were blisters coming up on his skin. Without delay, they rushed him to a nearby hospital. But the baby needed ICU where he could be safe from contaminations. Gnaneswar was under a serious risk of getting infected and Venkateshwarlu was not willing to take any chances with his son’s life.
They then got him to Hyderabad from their village and admitted him to Rainbow hospital. He had suffered 65% burns, with his chest, hands, feet, and pelvis severely burnt. He was immediately taken to the ICU where he is getting treated currently. He needs aid with everything, so he has been put on oxygen, and for his nutritional needs, he is dependant on saline drips.
Anita is still unable to look at her son without breaking down
“Everything was fine in our lives, but misfortune had to strike in such a way that our lives have changed forever. No parent should have to see their baby writhing in pain and wailing due to pains from burns. All we want is for him to stay alive and recover from this."
Anita is living her worst nightmare. Her son in the ICU, under strict medical supervision. He is kept unconscious because he is in too much pain. She can’t wait to pick him up and hug him, but she is not even allowed to touch him. The couple can’t believe how misfortune has wrecked their lives.
Bad luck revisited Venkateshwarlu in the most cruel way possibleIt’s not the first time Venkateshwarlu is suffering such bad luck. As a young man, he wanted to join the Indian Police Service. He cleared the entrance exams and even got selected as a constable. But as fate would have it, he met with an accident just before his medical examination, and injured his leg very badly. He was disqualified and had to make peace with taking up his family’s profession - agriculture.
“If I was in the police, life would have been so much easier. I would be able to afford the treatment of my only child. Sadly life has been trying me with test after test and I don’t know how to pass this one.” -Venkateshwarlu
Poor financial condition is hindering Gnaneswar's treatmentThe seasonal nature of his profession doesn’t bring steady income to the household. He struggles to make ends meet. He tries his best to provide his family with a decent life, but what can come out of a yearly income of about Rs 30,000? On top of his weak financial situation, his son is now fighting for his life and he has no means to provide for it.
So far, Venkateshwarlu has spent nearly Rs 3 lakhs towards Gnaneswar’s treatment. All his friends came forward to help, but they come from similar financial backgrounds and they cannot afford to help him out anymore. Without the treatment, Gnaneswar’s life is in danger.
How you can helpIn order to save his son, Gnaneswar needs your help. Only your contribution can provide for his treatment and give him a second chance at life.
Please help Venkateshwarlu and Anita save their son.
The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.
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