Ventilator support at birth
At the age of 2, Tejaswini underwent a surgery
“My wife and me are both daily wage workers. We are hardly able to afford the trips we make to hospitals. How could I afford the transplant? Where would I bring the money from? It would cost me in lakhs, and I have never even seen that much money together,” Tejasvini’s father Santhosh helplessly explains.
3 years of consultation and medication:
“We continued taking her to a good hospital in Egmore for the next 3 years. I kept my daughter alive somehow, on medication and injections. This itself cost me over Rs. 15,000 a month. That is way more than even my household income.”
These 3 years were probably the most difficult for Tejaswini’s father
“I had to choose between feeding my family, my two younger children, and keeping my daughter alive. There were days when we all went hungry to ensure she did not miss out on her medicines. I could not bear seeing my baby girl throw up blood like that. I had to save her.”
A ray of hope:
After further tests, Tejaswini's mother was found to be the perfect match!“We have nothing to sell. We sold my wife’s only ornaments, her bangles to make the trip to Kerala. Here, we were also told how urgent the transplant was. If there were really kind-hearted people who could give my daughter back to me, I would take that chance, and do all it takes to ensure she can undergo the surgery.”
Why they need your help.
“Can you imagine the helplessness of a father when his 5-year-old looks him in the eye and pleads with him to free her from this pain? I do not have the means to help her. Just the thought of how much trust she puts in me makes me feel guilty. All I wanted was to see my daughter educated and independent, but I have only been a bystander in her story of pain and agony.”
Supporting document:Click to save Tejaswini.