“I told my husband to let me die. Our babies' lives are more important than mine.” – Anita
Anita’s blood pressure was at an all-time high. She was in the ICU, away from her babies who were alone in the NICU fighting to live. Anita knew that Depak couldn’t afford the treatment – it was either her or their twins. Even though stopping her treatment could cause seizures or even a stroke, she decided to get discharged to save her babies. Anita’s life is still at risk. However, despite her sacrifice, they still can't afford their twins' treatment.
Anita and her babies were running out of timeAnita is still recovering from the c-section surgery that she had on 15th February.
“My day began in pain. I remember feeling light-headed early in the morning and the pain was getting more unbearable. When we went for a check-up at the hospital near our house in Tripura, the doctor asked us to go to Calcutta as soon as possible. I didn’t have time.” – Anita, mother
Depak, who had never seen the airport let alone sat in a flight had no other option – he borrowed Rs. 15,000 from his relatives to take Anita from Tripura to Calcutta the same day. After the delivery in the afternoon, Anita was taken to the ICU and the twins to the NICU. All three of them were critical.
Anita chose her babies’ life over hersThe twins continue to fight in the NICU on oxygen support. They are barely the size of Anita's arm. Anita is on medication for her blood pressure. Depak and she have rented a small room 1.5 km from the hospital where their twin babies lie. They were born underweight and struggled to breathe – they still aren’t ready for a life outside the hospital yet. This is their only chance to survive.
“When my husband told me that all the money we had borrowed and got after selling my wedding jewellery was nearly exhausted, I didn’t think twice. I asked them to get me discharged, so that we would have a little more money to continue our babies’ treatment.” – Anita
Depak has no savings or job in Calcutta, he can’t continue treatmentIt’s been 13 days since Depak has gone for work. He’s a truck driver in Tripura, transporting goods and construction material. He earns Rs. 7,000 per month. Anita and he have already spent nearly 5 lakhs so far – including medical expenses, flight charges and rent. Depak can’t find work in Calcutta. He has no income or savings to keep his twin babies in the NICU for 4 more weeks.
The twins wake up to the beeping sounds of the machines around them. They haven't even been held by their parents. They can only go home with your help.
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.