Vijay works for a background verification company in Bangalore. He married Prabha three years ago. A love marriage against their families wishes, steered their lives away from Madurai to the bylanes of Rammurthy nagar, Bangalore. A rented house became their home. But the winter of 2015, brought more unexpected struggles into his life.
The Night Of Impossible Choices“Prabha went into labour 3 weeks before her due date. Her blood pressure shot off the roof. I remember the doctor walking up to to me, holding my hands, and telling me how bleak the hope of saving either one was. They asked me to choose between my wife and my son, if it came to saving one of them. Over the last three years, all me and my wife wanted was a baby to complete our happiness. How was I suppose to pick?" On 14th September 2015, he became a father to a baby boy. But this joyous occasion is inked as a ‘petrifying night’ as he calls it.
Doctors managed to save the mother and son. But when neither Vijay nor Prabha got a chance to hold their son. It dawned on Vijay that premature baby care comes with its own set of complications. The baby was moved to Chinmaya Mission Hospital (CMH). Under-developed lungs, stomach obstruction and the hernia. These were the only updates Vijay got from the doctors, every time he asked them when he could hold his baby.