He has not even seen his parents as yet.
“We were so happy when Hitesh was born, but within a few few days he came down with severe jaundice. I still remember my wife and I running from one hospital to another with our child’s treatment. Luckily, we were able to get him cured and save his life, but it took away his precious eyesight.”
Hitesh’s parents are from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, and he is 7 years old now. Every time they look at their son, they cry silently, wondering what will become of him. They blame themselves for not being able to afford the operation that can give him his sight back.
“In Jodhpur, we couldn’t see much hope for our little boy to get his sight back. With whatever little funds we had, we took him to a government hospital in Ahmedabad. However, the doctors would not treat him because we could not pay for Hitesh’s hospital bills.”
The lack of timely treatment has made things worse for him. He feels alienated from the world due to his blindness. Children in the neighbourhood refuse to play with Hitesh because he is blind. Every time he tried talking to them, they would make fun of his posture and the way he walked. Even the other children’s parents would never invite him for any birthdays or other functions. Loneliness has consumed him. Hitesh weeps and screams when his family tries to take him out because he is ashamed of being called a freak. So he sits alone at home most of the time.
A ray of hope….but way out of our reach!
There is still a chance that Hitesh will be able to see once again. Recently, Hemant Sharma, encountered this boy in the slums of Kalak colony, Nagori, and out of compassion for the family, took him to Shreya Hospital, Delhi. The doctors checked Hitesh thoroughly and advised eye transplant and eye rectification surgery to restore his eyesight, which would cost around Rs. 25 Lakh. Given the current state of their finances, they cannot afford it. Hitesh’s father, who worked as a painter had fallen off a ladder while painting a wall and injured his hand. He is now unemployable in his vocation. Hitesh’s mother is also only a daily wager.
“Every morning we leave the house looking for any kind of work. The uncertainty of getting a meal even once a day, haunts us daily.”, sobs his mother.
Their misfortune continues...
Two years ago, they had another son, Prince, who was born with congenital limb abnormalities. Now the entire family is treated like social pariahs, because both their children have health issues.
“Everyday in my prayers, I ask God to give my Hitesh a chance to see the world from a child’s perspective . I want him to see me, his mother and his little brother.”
How you can help…
Hitesh has seen nothing as yet. Please help Hitesh get his eyes back, so he can lead a normal life like other children and be one among them.
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