11-month-old Seema suffers from myelomeningocele, a rare birth defect, where the spinal canal and backbone fails to develop properly while the baby is in the womb. It is a severe form of spina bifida, where the nerves and the tissuse of her spine is exposed, covered by a thin layer of skin. In the long run, it could cause nerve damage and lead to disabilities like paralysis, urine maceration, poor kidney traction and acute liver traction.
A ball-sized tumour beneath the nape of her neck, is weighing down on Seema. She can't lift her head, and often experiences shortness of breath. It is growing with each passing day and is already so big, that it looks like it could burst any time. Her condition has worsened to the point that her feet have swelled up hindering her movement. She is unable to sit, or even feed.
Seema's father, Pankaj, works at a local mobile shop. His work day begins at 8:00 am and ends late at night. He does everything from serving tea and water to customers, to cleaning and repairing at the shop. Despite all the hours and hard-work he puts in, his income is so meagre that the family struggles to even get by. Seema's deteriorating condition makes it impossible for him to look for a better job elsewhere.
Seema's mother is a housewife. She is unable to help with the hosuehold income as she has to take care of her children. When their son fell seriously ill some time ago, Pankaj spent everything he had on the treatment, and is now left with nothing. He is forced to borrow money on interest to keep his family fed. The cost of Seema's treatment is beyond their capacity.
"I could give up my body for her sake, yet I wouldn't be able to save her because I can't afford her surgery. I have been running from pole to post to arrange the for her funds, but in vain. No matter how many doctors we approach, they demand a lot of money for her treatment, which is beyond my capacity. Her growing tumour is slowly taking control over her body. I'm afraid I will lose her.. I won't be able to forgive myself if something happens to her." - Pankaj, father
"Every parent sheds tears of joy when they hold their child in their arms for the first time. But all I remember is feeling heart-broken, when I saw my little angel take her first breath. Knowing just how much she would suffer in the future was pricking at my heart. I couldn't bear it." - Pankaj
Seema's life is hanging by a thread. Her conditon is very fragile, and she is short on time. She needs urgent treatment, and these parents are turning to you with the hope that you can help them. Your contributions can give baby Seema a second chance at life.
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