Mumbai: 45-year-old Premjeet Sinha and his wife Vanita, 40, from Mumbai have been struggling to save their only living son, born on April 14, along with a twin daughter. The daughter died a week after birth.
The twins were born through IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) treatment and had a premature birth by almost three months. The duo weighed below 700 grams at the time of birth.
Soon after the birth, the twins were shifted to a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where the baby girl died as she had underdeveloped lungs. However, the baby boy is still in NICU and it takes an approximate expense of Rs 12,000 a day to keep him alive.
The doctors say the child’s treatment may still continue for a couple of weeks, depending on the progress in his health condition.
After having exhausted their savings, the couple took loan from their well-wishers and relatives. They also applied for help from charitable trusts and non-governmental organizations (NGO).
Now, they have turned to crowdfunding through social media, a path that surprisingly came to their rescue.
“There was a huge financial responsibility in front of me so I thought I would take the help of donations. We are not in a position to generate this huge amount for the treatment, therefore using social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, and taking help of other organisations,” said the father, exhausted, but determined to not give up.
The Sinhas approached a Karnataka-based NGO – Milaap – which is now hosting an online crowdfunding campaign to save their son.
The hospital, however, has promised waivers, but the doctors say they can do very little to avoid such expenditures.
“To take care of babies with such critical illness it is the bare minimum we have to do… Babies born during gestation, say 25-26 weeks, mostly 60-70 per cent of them survive in these facilities,” says Dr. Nandkishore Kabra, Head of Neonatal Department of Surya Mother and Child Care Super speciality Hospital.
But the crowdfunding initiative has given a new hope to the distressed parents.