“It has been 20 days since he was born. We haven’t been able to take him home yet. We don’t even have the energy to give him a name – he is just ‘Baby of Srilatha’. Srilatha is at home recovering from the C-section. She keeps crying – which is really bad for her right now. I feel sad too, but I need to take care of both her and the baby.” – Dileep, baby’s father
Dileep has borrowed large amounts to keep the baby’s treatment goingDileep has already borrowed heavily to make sure his baby gets the intensive care he needs. He has spent close to Rs 9 lakhs on treatment already and it has only been possible because his friends and family generously lent him money. With only what he earns, is it is impossible for him to fund further treatment.
“The doctors say the important thing is to help him fight the infection. Once that gets better and his breathing is normal, the gangrene in his leg can be treated. Because he is a small baby, it is difficult to predict how much time it’ll take. I want to save him, but I don’t know what else can be done.” – Dileep
The baby is critical and will not make it without intensive careThe baby has been in the neonatal intensive care unit taking medications for his illness since birth. He needs breathing support and is fed his mother’s milk through a tube. So far, he has not been able to breathe independently without ventilator support. Till he can do that, he is not out of danger because his body won’t get enough oxygen.
His parents are both praying night and day for him to recover and come home. They have been waiting years for a child to complete their family and are doing the best they can to save him. With a little help this baby can get better and go home to his parents.
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