"I prayed to have a child for 12 years. Sweetha is my life. I will stop living if something happens to her. My husband does not care that she is sick, even when he heard that she might die."
A single mother's struggle to raise her daughter
"For 4 years, I have been working at a brick factory for Rs. 150/day to raise Sweetha. I do not think my life is difficult. Fathers always do this for their family, why shouldn't a mother? Sweetha is a kind, beautiful and loving child. Everyone says she is so chutti! She is very mature for her age. She makes all this worthwhile."
Ignorance caused delay in Sweetha's treatmentParvati did not know Sweetha was sick from birth. A few years ago, Sweetha had a persistent fever. A local doctor suspected a heart condition and urged Parvati to consult at a hospital. Afraid to go to Chennai, Parvati sought another local hospital in the city of Tirunelveli. They diagnosed her with a hole in the heart and said she needed expert treatment at Apollo.
"I thought it was not so serious. They kept saying go to Apollo. I assumed it was just to make us spend more. I did not realize it was life-threatening. Finally, Sweetha complained of pain in her leg. She would not walk even a few steps. She could not breathe and continuously asked me to carry her. I took her to Apollo. After tests, I discovered how critical she was. They said if we did not perform the surgery, she would die."
Her father does not care whether she lives or diesParvati barely has the money to take Sweetha to Chennai for followups. The family has been pleading with villagers for help without much luck. Although the father lives in the same village, he did not care when he heard that Shweetha's heart might stop beating. Parvati is now afraid that she will lose the only person she has been living for.
"The surgery costs Rs. 2 Lakhs. I cannot afford so much money. My parents are elderly. I take care of them. I take care of my daughter. Now I feel like I am failing them all."
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