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Single Mother Works Even On Weekends To Save Son's Life, But It's Not Enough

Ammudavalli hardly sees her sick 13-year-old son Kushal these days. She leaves home early in the morning, and by the time she’s back, Kushal is fast asleep. As much as she wants to be with him for every check-up and every time he needs her, she can’t.

I have to work even on the weekends. My parents have been helping me take care of him ever since my husband died of TB when Kushal was 1, but they are too old to work, my income is the only thing that keeps us going. Kushal sometimes calls me when I’m at work, but I can talk to him for a few minutes. He’s only getting sicker by the day, and I can’t be with him.” – Ammudavalli, mother

Kushal and his mother

A stranger’s heart saved him last year

Growing up, Kushal always asked about his father. However, Ammudavalli made sure she did everything she could so that he didn’t feel the void. He is his grandparents, Hari and Devi’s favourite, and he was growing up to be happy and healthy. However, last year in January, Kushal fell sick.

Kushal's grandmother with him in the hospital

“One day at home, he was playing as usual and he fainted. He had been vomiting for a few days before that. We took him to the hospital and they told us his heart is 80% damaged,” – Devi, grandmother

Medicines didn’t help Kushal, he needed a heart transplant to survive. As luck would have it, Kushal found a donor last August and underwent the transplant.

Kushal and his grandparents

His mother has been single-handedly struggling to afford his treatment, she can't do it without your help

Kushal has been undergoing tests and injections every month since the transplant. He hasn’t gone to school, his life has only become about his heart condition. However, recently, tests revealed a boil in his liver – a dangerous post-transplant complication. Unfortunately, Ammudavalli can’t even afford any further tests, let alone the treatment. She works as a helper in a private company.

“I’ve borrowed from every single person I know over the past year. I’ve lost track of how much I’ve spent, it’s in lakhs. I’ve been single-handedly earning and providing for this family for 12 years now. I’m even working overtime every day, but even then I earn only 7,500 per month,” - Ammudavalli

Kushal needs further tests and treatment to survive the post-transplant complication. Else, his mother’s relentless efforts will all be in vain. Ammudavalli has tried to do her best. She has taken several loans to afford his heart transplant but now needs your help to continue his treatment.

In the past year, Kushal has been through so much pain. His only chance of having a healthy life is with your support.

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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.
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