“It’s a boy,” said the doctor, with a bright smile. I thanked my wife for bringing a beautiful baby boy in our lives. The nurses handed Samrat over to my wife, who couldn’t stop wailing, smiling in between sobs. “He’s precious,” she said. Our newborn looked at us with his big grey eyes. In that moment, I felt like the happiest person alive.
Soon he started to fall sick. It started with frequent fevers and cold. When Samrat turned two months old, his flu transcended into pneumonia, for which he was admitted in the hospital for 8 days. Our baby boy was cured soon enough and came back home with us. But after a few days, his fevers returned and this time, they wouldn’t go.
We ran a couple of tests and discovered that our son was suffering from ventricular septal defect, which meant that he has a hole in his heart. Doctors told us that our baby boy’s condition is critical and he needs an urgent heart surgery, costing Rs 3 lakh.
We don’t have the money to admit Samrat in the hospital. He’s still at home, surviving on medications alone. There are days where he is too weak to even wake up, and sleeps for hours straight. He has trouble breathing on most days and we have to either take him for a stroll or sing to him, to make him stop crying. He takes 5-6 medicines daily, but those too, seem to not be having much effect on his health.
I am a construction worker and I get paid Rs. 300 on good days. But there are times when I have no projects and I am jobless. I have borrowed close to Rs. 2 lakh from friends and family for Samrat’s treatment, which I am already struggling to pay off. Now I need to arrange Rs. 3 lakhs for the surgery and the post treatment and other medical expenses will go upto 1.5 lakh INR so for me to arrange 4.5 lakh is really a difficult task for a Daily wage worker.
I have no option but to reach out to you for help. I urge you to contribute towards this fundraiser. It will save my son’s life. Do share my appeal with your family and friends on WhatsApp and Facebook.
Please keep our little Samrat in your prayers.