“We haven’t even thought of names for them. The elders in the family believe we should never decide the future of our baby before it happens. And now we know why.”
Sangeetha gave birth to twins at the beginning of her third trimester. These pre-term babies are now 55-days old, have an infection, difficulties in breathing, and complications that necessitate ventilator support and intensive care. They weigh around 1.03 kilos and 900 grams respectively.This story is written from the perspective of Sarvana Raja, the father.
We were very happy when Sangeetha got pregnant. My first born children. Children. It was the best news, that we were having twins. In her second trimester, the water broke. They had to put in stitches. Doctors advised Sangeetha to rest. At the end of 6th month, again she had complications. She was on full bed rest. They had to put in urine catheter because she was not even allowed to get up to go to the bathroom. The catheter gave her infection. We had to go in for premature delivery at the beginning of her 7th month which created a lot of complications for the babies.
I had twin daughters. We couldn’t have been happier, but their condition only made us anxious. We couldn’t bring them home yet.
Within a few hours, the babies were moved to a hospital that is more equipped to care for them. One of them had a brain bleed during the transfer. They were both on the ventilator for the past 6 weeks. Baby A (as the doctors call them) is off the ventilator now. She is getting better. Baby B, the one who had a brain bleed still needs support to breathe. Both of them have sepsis as well. Doctors keep giving them injections to nurse them back to health. My daughters need to be in the hospital on supportive care for 4 weeks until they recover and can be orally fed.
My wife has been discharged. We have rented a room close to the hospital as she has to go frequently and feed the babies. The hospital allows me to see the babies only once a day.
They say half an hour, but I get to spend time with them, both of them, for 20 to 25 minutes. It is heartbreaking for a father to not be able to spend time with his own babies.
All we want now is for our children to come home. I’m a general merchant. She’s a housewife. I make about Rs. 9000/month and it takes care of everything we need. Whatever we had so far, we have pooled in for the medical bills which are piling up. Last week, one of the babies needed an injection that costs Rs. 1.2 lakhs. Care for the next 4 weeks is going to be unaffordable. We mortgaged the house, borrowed from friends, depleted our savings, and put together Rs. 12 lakhs. Now we need nearly Rs. 7 lakhs for further treatment costs.
It has been a trying time for us. I lost my vision in the left eye when I was young, and even had a renal transplant a few years ago. My own medical bills depleted half my life savings. I am reaching out to you now. Please save my baby girls.
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.