The only difference between me and your sister is that I was born in a village. Does that mean it’s my destiny to suffer like this?”
'I came to know my first baby’s gender when I got his death certificate'
“There was some complication in my 6th month, and the doctor told us that... that my baby had died in my womb. I came to know my baby’s gender when the doctor gave me the death (stillbirth) certificate...” — Shobha, tearing up as she recalls the moment
Shobha had to undergo the same trauma twice more over the next few years
“I nearly gave up. I thought becoming a mother just wasn’t in my fate. But my Seshu, he promised to work harder and save up money, so we could try having the next child in the city instead, where we’d have a better chance. So right from the start, as soon as I became pregnant this time, he started bringing me here to the city for all my medicines and tests.”
‘We have a chance to save this child, my daughter, but the cost...’
“We came for a normal check-up last month, my 7th month of pregnancy, and the doctors suggested I get admitted for a while. 2 days later they told us my baby was dying! That we needed an immediate c-section. I underwent the surgery and she was rushed to the NICU and put on life-support. She’s been there ever since. She was born at just 700gms, and had severe breathing trouble, and for a while I wasn’t sure if she’d survive. But here in the city she's getting the care she needs, and she’s slowly recovering. All she needs is to stay in the NICU for a few more weeks and I can take her home but... the cost...”
‘Everything is so much more expensive here in the city, we have no chance...’
“The amounts of money that people talk about here in the city so casually is something I can’t even picture in my head. Everything is so much more expensive here, even little things like eggs. Seshu is back home trying his best to arrange the money but we’ve already spent 2 lakhs so far, and that too by using up all our savings, selling my mother’s gold, and borrowing the rest. If my daughter’s treatment stops and something happens to her just because we couldn’t pay the bills, I don’t know what I’ll do...” — Shobha, breaking down
Shobha is miserable right now. She doesn't know if she really is cursed or not, but she doesn't think she'll ever try to have another baby again. Which means, if she can't save this newborn now, then Shobha will never be a mother in her life. Click here to donate and stop another tragedy from striking this poor family.