Reduced To Just Bones, This Young Girl Fights A Deadly Disease | Milaap

Reduced To Just Bones, This Young Girl Fights A Deadly Disease

“Her birthday is in 6 days but what do we celebrate for? She is in the hospital, reduced to just bones, barely able to lift herself up from the bed. It took just 3 months for this wretched disease to change my happy and lively child into this. She is suffering a lot and we are unable to do anything to save her from it.” - Umesh, father

Low oxygen has hindered her brain functioning

On 22nd August, Kratika was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. She was immediately put on a ventilator as her oxygen dropped down to life-threatening levels. Her brain was unable to function properly due to the low oxygen supply and she couldn’t understand what was happening, or what her parents were trying to communicate.

“She was attending her online classes, when all of a sudden I heard her name being called out. I went to check up on her, and she was sitting still as if she couldn’t hear a thing. I went to her and asked her what was wrong and she said ‘I can’t understand what you are saying’. She wasn’t able to respond to anything. Every minute after that, only made my child more sick and weak.” - Sonal, mother

Her lungs have collapsed and she is on ventilator support

11-year-old Kratika was diagnosed with Pulmonary Tuberculosis which has further caused Pneumothorax or collapsed lungs, a condition where the air leaks into the space between the lungs and chest wall. As a result, she suffers from extreme shortness of breath. To relieve her respiratory problem, a tracheostomy was done and a tube was inserted to remove excess air from the space.

“After the procedures, she couldn’t talk to us at all. It’s been almost 3 months since she was admitted and she is still in this condition, only worse, losing weight drastically. She is breathing and being fed through the tubes…” - Sonal

Confined to the four walls of the hospital for months, she wants to go home

Kratika has always been a quiet and kind girl, the apple of everyone's eye. She loved to dress up and pose for pictures. But lately, she hasn't had the chance to wear anything other than the hospital gown. She is confined to the four walls of the hospital and eagerly waits to go back home. But that can only happen with continued treatment.

Kratika needs continued oxygen support with IV antibiotics, and anti-tubercular treatment for which it will cost 9 lakh rupees - an amount these parents cannot afford.

“Since my child has fallen sick, I have barely gone to work and have used up all my leaves. I am on loss of pay currently and I have exhausted every rupee that I had on my daughter’s treatment. With no income and no money left to continue, I am failing to save my child.” - Umesh

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Patient Kratika is 11 years old, living in New Delhi, Delhi
Being treated in Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, Delhi

Receiving treatment for Pulmonary tuberculosis

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