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This single mother has to watch her only child scream in pain every night

Cavin is a 15-year-old who suffered severe burns from high-voltage electrical wires near his house. He has suffered severe burns on his left side and his left hand needed to be amputated and his right hand is damaged as well. He needs to be in the ICU for another month. His mother, Vidya is a tuition teacher and cannot afford the treatment needed to help her only child.

Cavin lost his left arm and may lose the other one too

“Cavin and his friends were excited about board exams. They were making all kinds of study plans. Now, he doesn't have a hand and I spent the last four nights listening to him moaning in pain – calling for me, asking me to take away his pain. The doctor says he might lose his other too,” says Vidya with a break in her voice.

Vidya at the hospital with Cavin

Her 15-year-old son is the centre of Vidya's life. Cavin is the reason she was able to put her life back after her divorce and seek happiness. She got a job in a five-star hotel and earned Rs 11,000 per month – allowing her to rebuild a life of dignity for herself and her son. 

This year, Cavin was to give his class 10 board exam and Vidya decided he needed her around more to do his best. She quit her job and took up data entry and evening tuitions to stay at home. Now, Vidya keeps going over the event in her mind – looking back at how it happened and what could be done. 

Cavin was hurt by fire and electricity from the high-tension wires near his balcony. Vidya was aware that the wires were a hazard and had even complained to the authorities about the danger it posed to the community. Her complaints fell on deaf years, and Vidya feels that Cavin paid the price.

 Cavin (left) in a selfie with his friend on the terrace before the accident

“He came back from school, freshened up and went out in the balcony. The wires exploded like crackers and then there was the fire. Cavin just 2 feet away from it,” she recalls. Through her sorrow for Cavin's condition, Vidya is determined to make a formal complaint so no one else suffers like her son. 

Cavin has a whole life ahead of him

After this event – the whole area near our house seems empty. The places where Cavin played with his friends are all empty. In school, he won prizes for kabaddi, relay and football. Next month is his birthday – he is just 15,” at which point Vidya is unable to go on.

It is very difficult for Vidya to see her laughing, happy son in the burnt, pained person in the hospital. As his mother, she needs to listen to her son calling for her – asking her why does it hurt so much. Cavin has not yet had the time to come to terms with his amputation and already may need to undergo another one. Vidya fears for her son's future.

Cavin needs extensive surgeries to get back a shadow of his former life. He also needs to be in the ICU for a month because his injuries are a result of electrical fire. The treatment is expensive and nothing prepared Vidya for the expenses involved. She has so far borrowed from her friends and paid Rs 70,000, but she has outstanding bills of over 2 lakhs. She will need 13 lakhs for the entire treatment.

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The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.