“I have seen the news channels talking about this dangerous adenovirus that is spreading rapidly in the city. They said it was affecting little babies and old people the most. Hafiza and I were taking good care for our newborn, Sara but never in our wildest dreams did we think that a disease like this would affect our baby girl. She is in the ICU now and can’t even breathe on her own,” - Saifun Mollah, father.
Her infection is severe and she should only have travelled in an ambulanceThe weather was still chilly when Saifun and Hafiza’s 1-month-old daughter started coughing and sneezing. The young parents thought that it was nothing more than a common cold but soon they noticed that the baby is having difficulty in breathing.
“We were scared - we immediately rushed her to the hospital hoping that we can save her life. We couldn’t even afford to take her in an ambulance to the hospital. The first thing that the doctors told us that we shouldn’t have just carried Sara on our lap - her infection was so severe that something might have happened to her on the way.”
The virus has caused a dangerous blood infection in Sara’s bodyIt’s only been a few days since Sara has started opening her eyes. Before this, for the past 20 days, she was heavily sedated - she was in a lot of pain due to the severe infection in her blood. Sara also has a hole in her intestines and can’t poop in the normal way - the doctors have attached a bag on her sides into which she poops now.
“With numerous tubes around her, sometimes I feel I can’t even see my baby’s little frame. I can't bear to see her like that - often, I stand there for few seconds and rush out, sobbing. She is now 4 months and she has already spent a month in the hospital. I feel so unfortunate that I can’t feed my own baby - she is too weak even for that,” - Hafiza, mother.
A poor tailor, Saifun doesn’t have the means to save his baby - he needs helpSaifun works as a tailor in a small town of South 24 Parganas. He makes about an odd hundred rupees on the days he gets work. Sara is Hafiza and Saifun’s first baby and with her coming into their life, he has been working extra hours to earn some more.
“But in the last one month, I have spent about 1.5 lakhs just on my baby’s medicines. I have borrowed from my family and even mortgaged Hafiza’s jewelry. But Sara needs to stay longer in the hospital and that would cost me around 3 lakhs more. There is no way that I can arrange for so much money - please help me.”
Saifun and Hafiza are struggling to save their baby girl, Sara but they are too poor to afford the treatment. With your generous contribution, they can bring Sara back home.
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.