“I have heard people say that a mother can bear all the pain when it comes to making her baby’s life better. I would not have believed this had I not seen my own daughter struggling between life and death. I have infections from my c-section, it pains all the time but all of that doesn’t come into my mind when I see my little angel gasping for every breath she takes. Her heart beats so fast and nights after nights I have stayed awake fearing the worst. All I can think of now is how to make her feel any better.” - Usha, Mother.
Usha and Senthil’s 1-month-old baby has a hole in her heart and runs out of breath even when she cries. The only hope for her is an open heart surgery that needs to be done in a week. The young parents are desperate to save their daughter’s life but the cost of the surgery is a big roadblock for them.
Three days after their daughter was born, parents found out that she has a problem in her heartThe doctors diagnosed that Usha’s baby has a congenital heart defect called Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) which is coupled with a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). Due to the abnormal development of the fetal heart during the first eight weeks of pregnancy, the large vessels that take blood away from the heart to the lungs, or to the body, are improperly connected. This defect also leads to a hole in between the right and left pumping chambers of the heart. Unless there is a place where the oxygen-rich blood mixes with the oxygen-poor blood, all the organs of of the body will be deprived of the necessary oxygen. This would ultimately turn fatal without an immediate surgery.
“The day she was born, Usha and I had thought of a name -Thanshika. After two years of marriage she is our first child and we have made so many plans for her. I see her in the hospital and tears roll out of my eyes, I fear that all our dreams will be shattered if we can’t save her.” - Senthil, father.
Usha spends sleepless nights at the hospital looking at her baby as she hears her heart beating fastUsha and Senthil's baby girl is very weak and is not growing at all. The parents are clueless as to how they can make their daughter any better.
“As I sit beside my baby, I see mothers happily leaving the hospital with their newborns in their arms. I can’t control my tears and often end up blaming my husband for this. I know he is trying his best but sometimes the mind does not listen to any reason. I pray to God everyday to make my daughter better.” - Usha.
The family is going through a lot of trouble as they are trying everything in their capacity to save their daughterUsha and Senthil are originally from Cuddalore and their baby was born in a government hospital there. However, the seriousness of the baby’s condition compelled them to come to Chennai. There they came to know about the open heart surgery. Senthil is a technician and earns only Rs 9000 per month. It is next to impossible for him to arrange for the 4 lakhs that is required for the surgery.
“I feel I have failed as a father. I see my baby suffering every day and can do nothing about it. All my savings are used up and I had to borrow money even to travel to Chennai. I am staying at a friend’s place here. It is a small room and we are all cramped for space. My wife is sick and I can’t do anything for her too. Never have I felt so helpless in my life.” - Senthil.
How you can help1-month-old daughter of Usha and Senthil has a hole in her heart that does not allow her to breathe properly. She also has an increased heart rate and she sweats profusely. The only way she can be saved is through an open heart surgery that needs to take place in a week. The parents are very poor and are deep in debts. They are desperate to save their only child but are unable to afford the cost of the surgery. Your help will allow Usha and Senthil get back their 1-month-old daughter.
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The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.