This story has been written from Prahlad's father, Umesh Balaraddi's perspective.
We are a small family - my wife, two little boys and I. Yes, we do have extended family back in the town, but once I got married, we decided to create our own little world. We stay in a humble home in a town close to Hubli where I work as a Product-in-charge in a factory. I earn about Rs. 30,000, and that is more than enough for household expenses, putting the children through school, and leaves us some more for the future.
Prahlad is my younger son. He is like a pataki. Always bouncing around the house, playing with his brother and friends. He completes our family. We never really had to take him to a doctor before. He was not the kind of child who fell sick. One day, early this month, he had a fever and cold. We consulted at the clinic nearby. They prescribed antibiotics and said he would be better in a few days. A week went by, he got worse. The fever did not subside. We had him admitted to the hospital. There also they ran blood tests. We heard doctors diagnose a lot of things - malaria, dengue, and more. Ultimately, he kept getting worse.
My wife and I couldn't see Prahlad's condition deteriorate like that in less than two weeks. My son had gone from being a happy bouncing ball to just lying there unable to explain how he felt, afraid of the needles that were attacking him every now and then.
We would have lost Prahlad if they had not rushed him for surgery. I'm thankful they did not think about the money before saving his life.
Regardless of what I have saved during these years, the expenses that are mounting, make me feel like the deprived person from a small village like I was long ago. I have spent lakhs already, and need more now to care for both my son and my wife. We do not have anyone to help us through this situation. We could not wait long enough to arrange for funds, we would have lost our child. I hope you can understand the predicament we were under.
These expenses are now piling up, and we request you to help us fulfill the bills that saved our son. I'd be forever grateful. Someday, when anyone you know is in need, I'd be there.
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