“He had bad seizures – then his eyes became glassy and he stopped blinking. He could have gone into a coma, but he is getting better. I just have to somehow make sure he continues treatment.”
Sandhya's 8-month-old baby Anirudh is critical with infection and kidney disease. His condition rapidly deteriorated and he has been in the ICU for the last 10 days. He has just started showing signs of improvement but Sandhya's hope is marred by a lack of funds for Anirudh's treatment.
Sandhya is waiting for Anirudh to open his eyes
Taking care of Anirudh is Sandhya's reason for livingSandhya was abandoned by her husband when she was pregnant with Anirudh. She and Anirudh live with her parents in Hyderabad. Her father Sadanandam is an auto driver and his earnings take care of the entire family. His encouragement was crucial in Sandhya picking herself up after the separation.
Though heartbroken at first, Sandhya decided to be strong for her baby. She decided to get a job and earn some money once he was weaned. She decided to bring up her child well – with or without a husband. Anirudh's illness has left her shattered and taken away her reason for living.
“It started with vomitting and diarhhoea. By the time we took him to the hospital, he just stopped blinking. It was just horrible. The doctors warned us he might go into a coma. But thankfully, that did not happen. He is my reason for living, I don't know what I will do without him.”
Sandhya's husband has not come to see Anirudh even once. He has cut off all contact with the family. Even if a mutual acquaintance tries to reason with him, to help his son, he picks a fight with them. Managing the treatment is becoming too much for Sandhya and her aged father alone.
Anirudh before he got sick
When Anirudh is finally getting better, the family has run out of moneyAnirudh was brought to the hospital in a critical condition. His kidney and liver were failing and he had a bad infection that was giving him seizures. He needed emergency dialysis. But slowly, his condition is improving. It has given Sandhya some hope to cling to.
“He's a very nice baby. Always ready with a large smile. Hardly ever cried, even if he wet himself. I felt like I must be good, if this beautiful child loves me. I keep praying to God to return my baby. Just yesterday he started moving his hands and legs, so he must be getting better.”
The only obstacle in the family's way now is the lack of funds. Sadanandam earns as much as he is able to work which is usually about Rs 7,000. This barely covers the family's living expenses. Anirudh's lengthy stay in the ICU has severely upset the family's finances.
How you can helpSandhya has sold off what little gold and borrowed from relatives to pay off bills worth Rs 1 lakh. She needs Rs 6.6 lakhs more to keep him in the hospital for a few more weeks. He is so critical that without this medical care, Anirudh will not make it.
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