“He had come home from school, and I could tell something was wrong. He had a high temperature, and soon he started vomiting. The next morning, he fell onto the floor trying to get out of bed! When he got up, he couldn’t walk properly, he kept stumbling and tripping over his own feet!” — Raghu, father
By the time they reached the hospital, Suresh had fallen unconscious
“I didn’t understand what was happening to him, so I rushed him to the nearest big hospital in an auto, around 15km away. The whole way he kept calling out to me, saying ‘baba, baba’. The first few times I responded, but then, to my horror... I realized my son couldn’t see me! He wasn't calling out to me, he was wondering where I was! By the time we reached the hospital, he had fallen unconscious.”
Suresh had been taken into the ICU immediately on arrival, his breathing erratic and his pulse weak. Tests were run, and it was discovered that the poor boy had encephalitis: he had an infection in his brain!
He was put on life-support and has remained on it ever since
His son needs weeks more of care but the cost is too high for Raghu
“A year ago, my wife used to tend to and milk the two cows we have, while I went out to work as a manual labourer. But then one night she suffered a massive stroke and woke up paralyzed! I’ve stayed at home since then, taking care of the cows, my son, and my bed-ridden wife, all by myself. With our monthly income cut in half, and expenses doubled due to her medicines, things have been very tight financially, but we made do. We still had each other, and that was enough for me. But now...” — Raghu, breaking down
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