Vignesh has had diarrhea all his life
Kalpana, Vignesh’s mother, says, "He has been sick since he was just 15 days old. After that, his loose-motions began. It has not stopped since then. Anything we feed him is either vomited out or passed out in stools. For months, we have heard doctors tell us that we should give up. We know there is a cure, and my son deserves it.”
It took the doctors over a year to figure out what was wrong with Vignesh. After several visits, Vignesh was diagnosed with Intestinal Lymphangiectasia which is a rare intestinal disorder. Due to this, Vignesh has had constant diarrhea and this has taken a severe toll on his health and growth. His physical weakness has prevented him from growing up like a normal child and he still hasn’t been able to find the strength to walk.
Vignesh and his father, Roshan, in the background
Vignesh's parents cannot see him suffer anymore, he needs urgent helpVignesh’s constant bad health means he needs to be admitted into a hospital several times. His parents need to arrange Rs 40,000-50,000 for transfusions and for feeding him through tubes every time. Roshan, Vignesh’s father, is an auto-driver and earns around Rs 8,000-9,000 per month, and Kalpana is a housewife. Kalpana made sure Vignesh always had the medical attention he needed and asked everyone in her community to help. Her sincere desire to save her son is what has kept Vignesh alive.
“We used up everything for Vignesh's treatment. All our savings, both our parents' savings and all my wedding gifts are gone. As his parents, we have to do everything we can. I told my husband – no matter what we will save him. It is what he deserves after so much pain,” Kalpana stated valiantly.
Roshan, Kalpana, and Vignesh
Facing financial pressures, they have still been able to provide Rs 9 lakhs to keep Vignesh alive over the past 18 months. Vignesh had to be hospitalized for months – sometimes in the Intensive Care Unit too.
Despite the doctor willing to subsidize treatment costs, Roshan and Kalpana are still unable to afford the surgery that Vignesh needs.
A lawyer, Santosh Singh, has been helping Kalpana to apply for various schemes and grants that could possibly help her. He said, “It is very difficult for them because they are illiterate and don't know what they should do or who they should talk to. So, I felt that I should step in and help out because the mother is really working very hard to save her child.”
With her determination, Kalpana has moved big obstacles and has finally found a way to give her son the healthy childhood he deserves. With your help, she can make the most of this opportunity and actually save him.
Vignesh and his family
How you can helpAfter several months of discomfort and illness, Vignesh needs immediate medical attention to survive a rare intestinal disorder. His parents have no means to pay for his treatments and needs. Your contribution will be used to continue his medical treatments, and provide for the surgery he needs to recover from this grave disorder.
With your help, Kalpana’s dreams would come true and Vignesh can finally have a healthy future and a childhood.