On April 9, 2019, 24-year-old Vijaya’s life took a turn for the worse. Happily married for three years and excited to start a family with her husband Dharmendra, Vijaya was not prepared for the tragedy that would befall her.
Vijaya was 24 weeks pregnant when her water broke. Dharmendra, who was at home at the time, saw his wife suddenly writhing in pain. Scared and panicking, he rushed his wife to the hospital, hoping against all hope that nothing happens to his wife and unborn baby.
Fortunately, Vijaya managed to reach the hospital and gave birth to her baby boy but he was born extremely premature. He weighed just 410 grams and was unable to breathe on his own. The hospital immediately shifted the baby to the NICU while Vijaya was discharged the next day.
“This is our first delivery and it was so traumatic. There were moments waiting outside the operation theatre when I thought I would lose both of them, my wife and my baby. I begged the doctors to save my family. I feared for their lives. I broke down in front of the doctor when I got the news that my wife was fine. But our son was however not doing well at all,” said Dharmendra.
Vijaya and Dharmendra’s baby has been getting treatment for his extreme prematurity and extremely low birth weight. He still has a long struggle ahead of him. The baby will have to stay in the hospital for the next 4-5 weeks before he can go back home to his parents.
“Our son has been here for four months now and he is still struggling. He is barely the size of my palm and I cannot even imagine the amount of discomfort or pain he must be in. We were not prepared for this. My life has been completely shattered,” Vijaya said.
Vijaya is a housewife while Dharmendra works in a provisional store. He earns about Rs 20,000 per month if everything goes right. However, most of the earned money goes in the upkeep of their house. So far they have spent close to 8 lakhs for their baby's treatment and the doctors have informed them to be prepared with 27 lakhs more.
“We have exhausted all of our savings, and have borrowed money from literally everyone we know. There is no one left to help us now. We cannot sleep at night thinking about what might happen if we don’t manage to arrange the required amount. Our son is fighting so hard for his survival, and it leaves us ashamed to think that we are his parents and cannot even help him in his fight. All I want is to hold my son and make him laugh, but if we don't pay the hospital fees, then I may never get to,” Vijaya said.
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