“Her lips, fingers and toes turned completely blue this morning. There’s no oxygen in her body. She couldn’t breathe and continued to cough. Every time she cries out in pain, she stops breathing. My baby’s condition is deteriorating, and only a surgery today can save her.” – Ayub, father
This morning when the doctors told Ayub that his 7-month-old needs the heart surgery urgently, he begged them for at least 5 days time to arrange for the funds. Unfortunately, they told him that Atayia can't go on for that long without surgery. She might not make it to the next day without a surgery in a few hours, but Ayub has nothing left to afford it.
They almost lost her at birth, now her parents struggle to keep her alive
“A few minutes before Atayia was born, they told me that they can save either the mother or the baby. At that moment, I thought I would lose them both. My 4-year-old daughter was waiting for us back home, and I didn’t know how I was going to face her.”
Fortunately, His wife, Bastar and baby Atayia made it. They even took home their seemingly healthy baby, but 8 days later when she developed a relentless cough and cold, she was back in the hospital. The diagnosis was shocking – she has 3 holes in her heart and the left side of her heart is underdeveloped. What followed were months of checkups and medicines for baby Atayia until yesterday when her heart started giving up on her.
Baby Atayia hasn't lived a second without pain and now she's running out of timeAyub and Bastar are from Bareilly, but he works in a small cloth shop in Delhi for Rs. 8,000 per month. For weeks he couldn’t go back to work – all he focused on was making sure his baby is healthy. However, when her condition deteriorated, he had no option to take her Delhi for treatment. Ayub has done all he could for his daughter, now he’s helpless.
“I don’t have much in savings. They said she couldn’t wait 5 days for the surgery, so I somehow managed to borrow Rs. 20,000 from some people I know in the last couple of hours, but that’s not enough. I need 2.7 lakhs but I have no way to afford it in such a short time.”
While Ayub runs around, asking people, making calls to find a way to afford his daughter’s surgery, he keeps checking his watch. Time is ticking. Baby Atayia needs the surgery in the next few hours to survive.
Baby Atayia has known nothing but pain since birth. She can’t take a single breath without being in pain. You can give her a chance of a healthy life.
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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