“He didn’t cry. My baby didn’t cry when he was born. It was 6 am, I was waiting for them to give my baby to me…but he just didn’t cry. They quickly took him away from me, I remember the doctor and nurse talking about his breathing and heart rate. So much happened in just a few seconds.” – Pallo, mother
They say your whole life changes when your baby is born…
Amrik and Pallo have been married for 4 years now. In these 4 years, they have seen a lot – moments of joy, sorrow, poverty, helplessness. But they have never been this heartbroken. Their firstborn is fighting for his life in the NICU because there’s less oxygen supply to his organs, especially his brain and kidney, respiratory distress and an infection in his blood.
“He’s just 2-days-old and his organs could fail. They say that your whole life changes, nothing you do will be for yourself when your baby is born…they are right. The moment I saw him, I knew that nothing would be the same again. I just didn’t think it would be like this. He has a difficult fight ahead of him…and we have to make sure we do everything to save him.” – Pallo, mother
All they can do is wait – for help, for hope
Amrik works on others’ farms in a village near Faridabad. He earns about Rs. 200 a day. Their baby boy will have to stay in the NICU for at least 3 weeks to recover, but the daily expenses are around Rs. 25,000 per day – an amount Amrik doesn’t even earn in a month!
“I’m here, waiting outside the NICU…waiting for them to call me in. We’ll have to stay in the hospital only now, we will have to find a way to afford his treatment. But everyone we know is poor like us. Who will we go to?” – Amrik, father
Amrik and Pallo’s baby boy can only fight this with your help.