“We had no idea her condition would get this serious. We thought it was jaundice and after treatment, she’ll be fine.”When Pranavi was barely 4 months old, she was diagnosed with jaundice. Her eyes turned pale yellow, she had difficulty in feeding and her stomach started bloating. Worried for their baby girl, her parents, Lakshmi and Madhava took her to a nearby doctor, who sensed that the problem was way more serious than what met the eye. He suggested they take Pranavi to a hospital and consult a specialist. Unfortunately, Pranavi has a fatal liver disease and needs a liver transplant at the earliest to survive.
Pranavi’s parents started losing hope when her first surgery didn’t work outUpon the diagnosis of Biliary Atresia, a Kasai procedure was performed on Pranavi. She initially seemed to recover, but her infections soon came back, in a manner worse than before. During these recurring infections, she would have high fevers for long stretches and would be kept on antibiotics constantly. She used to cry constantly and compulsively scratch her head. Her health started deteriorating further and consequently, she began to be hospitalized more often. It was obvious that the Kasai procedure wasn’t enough for Pranavi, and only a liver transplant could save her life.
Pranavi is constantly irritable because of the disease
Pranavi came into Lakshmi and Madhava’s lives after a long wait. They’re fighting against all odds to save their only child
“We waited a long time for a child. Pranavi means everything to us, it hurts too much to see her suffer like this.”Pranavi is the only child of Lakshmi and Madhava. She was born after 11 years into the marriage, bringing a ray of sunshine into their lives. Their happiness was short-lived, for within a few months of experiencing the joy of parenthood, Pranavi fell ill. With her diagnosis, their lives were shattered. Their pain of seeing their daughter suffer is several times worse than what they felt when they were childless. Lakshmi and Madhav are fighting desperately to save their baby girl. But all their circumstances seem to be working against them.
Madhava is an auto-rickshaw driver and his pocket doesn’t let him afford the expensive treatment
“Money is the most important factor here, and we don’t have any, in order to get her the treatment she needs.”Madhava works as an auto-rickshaw driver and makes about Rs 300 a day, and Lakshmi used to work as a receptionist at a hospital, on a contract basis, to support the family income. But owing to her daughter’s ill health, she had to quit. Now the family has to manage their expenses within the modest income that Madhav brings home. Some days they have to go to bed without eating. Affording a liver transplant is well beyond their reach.
How you can helpSo far, for her treatment, Madhava and Lakshmi have spent over Rs 4 lakhs, by borrowing money from friends and relatives. The cost of medication per month comes to almost Rs 15,000. The mounting costs of her treatment have been giving them sleepless nights and they’re at an utter loss of means for getting Pranavi the care she needs. Without a liver transplant, the chances of her survival are bleak. Madhav and Lakshmi’s financial condition shouldn’t prove to be a hindrance in the way of Pranavi’s treatment.
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