Father who starved himself for days to save daughter knocks on your hearts for help

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We’ve already heard of so many stories about heroic sacrifices parents willingly make in order to save their family. Yet, it still pierces our hearts every time.

Helpless father of five-year-old Pavithra, Chinna, went as far as enduring starvation for days just to try to spare his daughter’s life, according to Milaap, India’s largest crowdfunding site.

He asked out loud, “They say that a man in need would do anything, but what if you really need to save your baby daughter’s life and you don’t have the means to give what it takes to do so?”

“Pavithra is my first baby. When she was just 3 months old, she started falling ill. We took her to a nearby hospital. Here, they told us there was a possibility of a heart problem. I refused to believe it. A life-threatening disease, and that too my child! I immediately took her to another hospital.”

After seeking second opinion, Chinna finally confirmed that Pavithra has a hole in her heart, and the agony did not end there as they were referred to yet another hospital which, according to doctors, has better facilities for treatment.

Pavithra was diagnosed with CHD Ostium Secundum ASD with Pulmonary Stenosis (PS) and has to undergo India Cardiac Repair which approximately costs  Rs. 200,000, as disclosed on the Estimation Letter released by Devadoss Multispecialty Hospital on July 11, this year.

“I will never forget that image the doctor showed me on the screen. My little one lay there looking up at me to understand what the problem was, and I could clearly see the hole in her heart. If I broke, so would she. I had to stop breathing to stop myself from crying.”

Chinna would do everything to save her daughter’s life; however, Chinna and his wife are simple wage workers and collectively earn Rs. 300 a day when they both find work.

“The past few months have been extremely tough. Running around to and from the hospital, we both have not gone to work. The household income is zero. I have another baby to feed as well. He is hardly 2. I really don’t know if I will ever lead a normal life again.”

Few days ago, Pavithra’s condition got critical, and she was again rushed to the hospital. The doctors immediately performed a cardiac-repair surgery which spared her life. However, 8-9 days in the hospital made it hard for her parents to settle the hospital bills and start life again.

Fortunately, a group of people called Team Milaap were moved by her story as narrated by her father, and help began pouring out.

Pavithra’s surgery was completed successfully, and her family has brought her home for recovery.

As of posting, they were able to raise Rs. 153,008, out of the Rs. 200,000 goal through the Millaap.

Chinna’s family is still Rs. 46,992 short and a little amount could help them pay for their bills, and get a healthier, happier life.

As of Sept. 21, 2017, Milaap shared this message from Chinna’s family.

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