My wife, Sai Priya, and I were overjoyed to find out that we were going to have our first baby in June, but as her pregnancy progressed Priya began to feel unwell quite often. One day, she fell sick; she struggled hard to breathe, and I took her to the local hospital. Doctors advised that Priya should deliver the baby immediately through a Cesarean section, because otherwise, the lives of both mother and unborn child would be in danger.
So on April 18, our severely premature baby daughter was born. Neither my wife nor I got a chance to hold her. The doctors put her on the ventilator within minutes of her birth, before we even had a chance to hold her. She is still there, she has needles sticking into her covered with strips of bandages, and tubes to help her eat and breathe. Priya was ill for a while after the birth, but she has recovered and come home.
Our baby has a premature birth defect. She will need to be under treatment for months at the Little Star Children’s Hospital in Hyderabad, where we live, before she transforms into a healthy baby we can bring home and begin to take care of with our own hands. Neonatal intensive care for her, plus the mounting hospital bills and the cost of her medicines, will cost about Rs. 8 lakhs.
This is a tough time for me not only in terms of the health hazards that have attacked my wife and newborn, but also in terms of finances. I have recently lost my job when a prominent telecom company in the country shut down.
I used to get a salary of Rs. 15000 a month; on it we could run our household but not save anything for an emergency. For my wife’s and baby’s treatment I have already spent Rs. 4.5 lakhs, selling ancestral gold jewelry and borrowing heavily from friends. I now have nobody to turn to in my hour of need, and nothing of any value that I can sell to raise quick funds. No bank will give a loan to an unemployed person.
I have begun crowdfunding for my baby daughter’s treatment as a last resort. My last hope is to believe that I will receive help from kind people like you. Please make a donation to this fundraiser, and share to spread our story.