Can you imagine what it feels like when right in front of your eyes, your son is thrashing around screaming, “Sister, My stomach is bursting! Please do something! My stomach is bursting from the inside!” My wife and I were standing by his bed side. His eyes were open, but he did not even see us and he was calling out for a nurse. He was being tormented by pain.
“Upon testing his liver, they said he has something more critical, and the hospital is not equipped to deal with it. So we moved him to another facility.”
“Like any other child, Jithin and his older brother Tijin love eating junk food. We usually go to the hotel and eat every Sunday. The boys enjoy it. Lately, Jithin refused to take even coffee at the restaurant. I should have realized that something was wrong.”
Back at a government hospital, when he was diagnosed with jaundice, his stomach was bloated due to fluid accumulation. He was finding it difficult to go to the toilet. His mother would go with him. Once, he asked her, “Amma, I feel like something is going to happen to me. Like I am going to die. This is going to kill me isn’t it? It is very painful Amma. Please tell me I’m going to be alright.” My wife broke down when she told me. For a minute my heart stopped. How do we console a child who says something like this?
My friends have been my pillar of strength until now. They have sent me every rupee necessary to keep my son alive. Whatever they earn even if it is Rs. 10 or Rs. 20, they pool it together, talk to someone at the bus stand, taxi stand or a passing lorry to come deliver it to us in Kochi. Last night, after a terrible complication, I had a large bill to pay. They immediately got some money ready and sent it through a passing vehicle this morning. I do not know what I would have done without them.
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