"He is not aware of his heart disease, sometimes I break down in his presence, he says, "Amma, why are you crying? I'll be fine soon," but I know his condition will only become worse without a surgery. Doctors have warned me about the consequences. My husband is running to everyone day and night to arrange funds but all he gets is few hundreds. I don't know how long I can keep this truth away from my son, how can I face him?" - Rani, Mother.
We thought that the medicines would help himRithik was born with a heart disease but it was diagnosed only after 2 years. Within a few weeks of his birth, his heartbeat showed a distinct murmur. He never gained weight. They took him to a local hospital and doctors gave medicines for weight gain. He was seemingly better for a few days but he became weak again and his skin turned blue. When they took him to a bigger hospital, they found that he has a heart problem and a surgery was done.
"Since the surgery, he has been taking medicines regularly, we take him for check ups every month. For many years, I was fearful but seeing him growing active and extremely studious in his class we thought he is far from anything dangerous. Last month, with just a mild fever all those dreadful symptom started suddenly - his heart beats rapidly, he does not eat and has no energy for anything. I live in fear every moment, I don't know what will happen to him," - Rani
All I earn from my tea stall is Rs 300 per day, how can I afford the surgery?Rithik needs heart valve surgery which will make his blood flow in the correct direction. His heart disease can turn fatal any moment without this surgery but his father Balakrishnan who owns a small tea stall in his village near Sivagangai district, cannot afford 10 lakhs. He is also doing many odd jobs but still, he gets very little money and it is not enough to even make his ends meet.
"We have always kept our sufferings a secret to him, he does not know that we skip meals to feed him. He does not know that I'm in huge debt. All we wish for him is a happy and healthy life. He trusts us so much, we cannot fail him. What can be worse than losing a child because of your own poverty?" - Balakrishnan.
Rithik has a very good chance of recovery but without your help, he cannot get the surgery done. Only your support can help him survive.
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.