“Sravanthi said she will stay up all night and study, since it was Mahashivaratri. A few hours in, she started screaming, flinging things around, and being so violent that it felt like watching Rudra Tandava." - Savithramma19-year-old Sravanthi had jaundice. Despite the weakness, she was determined to work hard for her 12th board exams. Unfortunately, on the day she had to write the exam, Sravanthi lies in the ICU, unconscious, in need of a liver transplant. She has just a few hours left on the clock and her parents worry that they might have to watch her die.
This exam was going to bring her one step closer to her dreamSravanthi is one of those students who always had to work extremely hard on exams. She has the passion and drive to achieve, and always works hard. Luck failed her last year when she failed one of the subjects. It meant she could not go to college. Her father is a guard, and her mother, a maid. She wanted to be the first graduate in the family, and help alleviate their pain.
“6 months ago, she complained of vision problems. The doctor gave glasses. He said it is because she was reading too much. The glasses did not help. It just got worse until we heard it is tuberculosis.” - Ramaswamy
She kept running from her desk to the bathroom every hourFor the past two months, Sravanthi has been vomiting every day, after every meal. There is blood in her urine. The local doctors told the family that these were the side-effects of her TB medicine. However, when she collapsed a week ago, they realized that her liver is completely damaged.
“Children just need a reason to escape studies and exam. Sravanthi was not like that. She always kept saying she wants to study and get a job so my husband and I won’t have to struggle so much. Today, Sravanthi was going to be one step closer to that dream. Instead, she is in the ICU.” - Savithramma
He watches other students at college every day hoping someday, his daughter will make itSravanthi’s father Ramaswamy works as a security guard for a private college in Vikarabad, Telangana. He barely earns Rs 5200 per month. Savithramma is a maid who earns Rs 1000 per month. They also have a son Shivakumar who is deaf and mute. With their little income, these parents struggled to give their children a decent life. They never thought that someday, they might need several lifetimes of income to save their child.
“I was even ready to sell my house to save my daughter but we would have been homeless, and won't have money left even for rent. My friends were kind enough to give me Rs 4 lakhs for the transplant. Even that isn’t enough. My daughter does not have time for us to apply for government grants. If I save her, I will do everything to help her write the supplementary exams this year itself.” - Ramaswamy, father