“When I see him laughing and playing with the kids, for a fleeting second I feel that he is also normal. But reality strikes me when I see him stop all of a sudden and pant heavily. His heart is failing him day after day…as a poor farmer, I can only wish that I had enough money to fix it”-Sandeep, father of 3-year-old Samar.
Samar was born with two holes in his heart that made it difficult for him to even breatheAt birth, 3-year-old Samar looked absolutely normal; it was only after he turned 2 months old that he started getting breathing troubles all of a sudden. He was found to have two holes between the two upper chambers of his heart. This was causing oxygen-rich blood to leak into the oxygen-poor chambers of the heart.
“He could not feed properly. At first, I thought that it was because I had a heavy let-down of milk. But soon I noticed that he started getting breathless. It did not look normal for a baby; I had never experienced it with my first-born. It was after we took him to the doctor that we found out about his heart condition. The doctors told us that he needed a surgery within one or two months”-Rinku
Sandeep had to borrow heavily to get Samar’s surgery done when he was just 4 months old
“I couldn’t sleep for days after the doctor said that my son needed a surgery immediately or he would not survive. I just had one worry in mind: How would I afford the Rs 90,000 that was required for it? I did not have any savings. I swallowed my pride and asked my friends and relatives to help me and got the surgery done”-Sandeep
3-year-old Samar’s surgery was deemed successful, but not for longWhile doctors were able to repair one hole, they believed that the other one would close on its own in due course of time. Sandeep and Rinku were also relieved that they could help Samar get a life-saving surgery. They believed that their son would grow up to be normal – but fate had other plans.
“Two years later, we found out painfully that the other hole had not closed when we went for a routine check-up. We could not believe what we had heard – it was too much for us to take. Our sweet, innocent son still had a bad heart – and he was suffering developmentally from it”-Rinku
Samar is extremely underweight and is not growing because of his heart conditionWhere a healthy 3-year-old should weight around 12 kg, Samar weighs less than 10 kg. He looks frail and weak, and much smaller than he should. This is really worrying his parents because nothing they do is helping him gain weight.
“We have even gone to the extent of foregoing our own needs for the sake of our son – we get him fresh fruits and vegetables that we cannot really afford, but there is no use. He is getting smaller and smaller every day. The doctors have clearly told us that only an urgent surgery can help him get better”-Sandeep
Sandeep has irregular income and is yet to pay back loans taken for Samar's first surgerySandeep is a farmer who harvests wheat and mustard on his small farm, and earns only around Rs 7,000 when the crop is good. He is the sole breadwinner of his family consisting of his elderly parents, wife, Rinku and two children – Khushi (10) and Samar (3). He does not have enough money to pay for his son’s second surgery.
“I have still not paid off the loans that I took for my son’s first surgery. Now he needs another surgery immediately, but I have no way to make it happen. I have tried asking a lot of people for help, but nothing has worked out so far. I don’t want anything bad to happen to my child just because I am poor”-Sandeep
How you can helpSamar needs a surgery to fix the hole in his heart immediately or anything could happen. He has lower-than-normal levels of oxygen in the blood that is supplied to the brain, organs and tissues. This is why he is not growing up normally. Without a surgery, his heart can fail. His father, Sandeep, needs our help at the earliest to make the surgery happen fast or he could lose his son.
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