“After the delivery, I turned to look at my daughters, and within seconds, they were taken away. That’s how much time I got with them when they were born. I couldn’t hold them or even see their faces properly. They have been in the ICU ever since.”
Sarmistha has spent the last 28 days watching her twin daughters through the glass of the incubator. She and her husband, Mithun, were eagerly waiting for their twins to be born and had even started discussing names. Unfortunately, both their baby girls are fighting for their lives in the ICU. The twins, born one second apart, have severe respiratory distress syndrome due to underdeveloped lungs. They need to stay in the ICU to get stronger and make it out alive and healthy.
Sarmistha's first baby
In 2015, Sarmistha went through the unbearable loss of her first babiesSarmistha’s twins were only 700 and 610 grams each when they were born on January 16, 2018. Right after their first breath, they were rushed to the ICU due to severe infection and respiratory problems. That’s the only life these little ones have known, but this isn’t the first time Sarmistha and Mithun have been through the ordeal.
Sarmistha's second twin
“In 2015, during my first pregnancy, we were expecting twins, but both didn’t make it due to severe complications. It was the toughest time of our lives. In 2017, when I got pregnant again, all the memories of our first babies came back to me. I was scared all the time at first, but after a few tests, the doctors told me that it would be a normal pregnancy. I had some hope then. Now, we’re in the same situation again and fear losing both our daughters.”
Sarmistha's condition became extremely critical and she needed an urgent C-section surgerySarmistha’s happiness didn’t last long. In the seventh month of her pregnancy, she suddenly had very high blood pressure and was rushed to the hospital. She needed immediate surgery to deliver the babies, else she would've lost her life and her babies.
“I was more worried about my babies than my own life. I was willing to do anything to save them first. I thought they wouldn't make it if I had surgery, but the doctors told me that surgery was necessary for me and my babies to stay alive.”
Along with the respiratory distress syndrome, the first twin developed a serious infection in her intestine in the first week of her birth and had to be operated on immediately. Their second twin struggled to breathe on her own and was on ventilator support for 27 days.
Fortunately, both the babies are fighters and have improved with medical attention. One of them has even been taken off ventilator support for now. The doctors and their parents are positive about their recovery, but their medical bills are only piling up.
The twins' condition is improving, but their parents can’t afford to keep them in the hospital any longerSarmistha and Mithun moved to Bangalore from Calcutta on 26 April last year with many hopes and dreams of starting their life in a new city. The news of her pregnancy added to their happiness and excitement. Little did they think that they would have to relive the fear and sadness of the loss of their first children all over again.
“We thought that this time, we would be celebrating the birth of our babies, instead we’re praying every day that we get another day with them.”
The twins have only gotten better with medical care and attention. However, Sarmistha and Mithun can’t breathe a sigh of relief yet. Their babies need to stay in the ICU for one more month to recover completely, but Mithun can't afford to continue treatment any more.
How You Can HelpMithun is struggling to pay for his twins’ treatment. He was able to pay nearly 3 lakhs through insurance, but he needs 18 lakhs more to save both his daughters and finally take them home. Sarmistha’s life is now at a standstill, she spends all her time shuttling between home and hospital while also recovering from the surgery. Her only priority, however, is to save her girls. Sarmistha desperately needs your help to their twins’ life.
Your support can save these twin babies.
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