Anusha no longer believes her father when he says she will be all right
Anusha with her parents in the hospital
But her parents' life changed when she fainted and vomited blood four years back. Her parents' shock turned to horror when they learnt that their daughter's heart was failing and she needed a heart transplant. Since then, they have visited many heart-specialty hospitals in many cities in a struggle to keep Anusha alive.
“She used to be so happy, but so much changed for her. Now, she has become very thin. If she takes a few steps, her breathing becomes heavy and she looks like she is choking. She doesn't sleep and cries all night saying her hands, head, legs and back hurt,” says Gopal.
Gopal has borrowed heavily to save his daughter
Anusha's body fills up with fluid that needs to be drained at a hospital every 10 days
“I earn Rs 10,000 every month, and every bit of it is spent on the treatment. For food and travel to the hospital – I ask my sister, relatives and even the local money lender for help. It is costly, but money can be made again. My child's life is important. I can't think about paying back my loans yet,” Gopal says.