“When I saw my baby for the first time I couldn’t help but cry. He was in the ICU. His little stomach was covered with bandages and he was attached to so many wires. I knew about my baby’s condition when I was six months pregnant itself, but I never knew it would be this serious and life-threatening,”- Aiswarya, mother
He was just 2 days old when he had his first surgeryAiswarya's baby suffers from congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a birth defect that occurs when the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen, fails to close during prenatal development. This opening risks the abdominal organs (stomach, intestines and/or liver) to migrate into the chest, impacting the growth and development of the lungs.
"It is as dangerous as it sounds. That is why my baby had to undergo two surgeries to survive. When the first surgery was going to happen, my wife hadn’t seen the baby yet and was very afraid. She was afraid of losing him before she could even hold him. Why wouldn’t she be? The baby was just 2 days old,” - Amruthalingam, father
Both the surgeries were successful but his battle is not over yetAlthough the surgeries were successful, the baby needs to stay in the NICU until he completely recovers which would take at least 2-3 weeks more.
“He used to vomit whatever little milk was given to him and cried a lot. Must have been painful for my little child. But since the last 2 days my baby is a lot better. After a long stressful month, this is the first time that I am watching my baby sleep peacefully." - Aiswarya
His poor parents cannot afford his treatment anymoreAmruthalingam runs a small grocery store with which he usually earns no more than 6000 rupees. Due to the current situation of the pandemic, his shop was shut down for almost two month with no income. Even after the ease of restrictions, with the hospital visits and running pillar to post for funds, Amruthalingam isn’t able to manage the shop for more than a few hours.
“I have a 3-year-old daughter too. She is also eagerly waiting for her baby brother to return home. No matter how hard I am trying, with each passing day it is getting harder to keep up with the expenses. I am so close to taking my son home and if I fail now, I won’t be able to live. I have sold all the jewellery and have taken loans, I don’t know what else to do to save my child.” -Amruthalingam
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