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Ms. Chithra delivered a female child, prematurely, at Chengalpattu Medical College.The baby had multiple health complications at birth including a collapsed lung. The team from the Department of Neonatology decided to treat the child under HDU (High dependency unit) Adhikesavan, the child's father, works as a housekeeper in a private concern.
Being a sole earning member, he was unable to afford the treatment. Dr Sathya, Head of Department - Neonatology, Government Chengalpattu Government Medical College referred the child to Ekam to support the treatment.Ekam undertook the complete treatment cost. The child was discharged after treatment. She is now growing into a lovely and healthy child.
Mahalakshmi from Chennai gave birth to a female child, she was the 6th baby of the mother out of which has 5 previous losses.The distressed and breathless baby was categorized under preterm 34 weeks/ Intrauterine growth radiation/ Neonatal Hyper bilirubinemia/ Rhesus isoimmunization, after which the baby was put on Ventilator support in the ICU.
The father of the child takes care of his family by working as a driver. As the only earning member, he could not afford the treatment cost and resorted to seeking support. He managed to arrange part of the expenses for treatment on his own and then approached Ekam for financial help. Ekam bridged the gap and contributed to the child’s treatment.
On 02/07/2019 the baby was discharged from the hospital and now, we are pleased to share that she lives a healthy, happy life.
Mohammad Haaji was born on the 30th of April 2016 with a number of complications. He was a premature baby and suffered from pneumonia and neonatal varicella.
It was a complicated case of maternal varicella where the foetus itself was affected. His parents Sheikh Mohammed Meeran and Shabana who resided at Kancheepuram were casual labourers whose monthly wages came up to around Rs 5000.
This was barely enough to manage the most basic needs of the family. The patient was in a very serious condition on admission and required immediate medical attention. When he was 5 days old, doctors advised to shift him to Saveetha Medical College. The child was provided with further treatment at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the cost for which was Rs. 21680. The parents were in no position to bear the expenses.
Dr Kumutha from Saveetha Medical College referred them to EKAM and we stepped in. Along with our team of expert doctors we ensured immediate treatment for the child. Necessary funding for hospitalization and drugs were provided and the treatment was successful. The baby was required to stay at the Intensive Care Unit for 2 weeks following which he was discharged. Today, Haaji has completely recovered and is a healthy young lad.
BABY OF AMSA -Struggling preterm Baby of Amsa breathes easy now
Ms. Amsa from Ramapuram, Chennai, gave birth to a female child at a private clinic. The distressed and breathless baby was categorized under Preterm/ Respiratory Distress Syndrome, after which they were referred to a private hospital. The baby was put on Ventilator support in the ICU for 7 days. Mr. Umapathi, the father of the child, takes care of his family by working as a Tailor. As the only earning member, he could not afford the treatment cost and resorted to seeking support.
He managed to arrange part of the expenses for treatment on his own and then approached Ekam for financial help. Ekam bridged the gap and contributed to the child’s treatment. On 9/10/2017 the baby was discharged from the hospital and now, we are pleased to share that she lives a healthy, happy life
Safe Hands of SNCU for survival of child at Ekam Foundation Supported SNCU facility which specializes in neonatal care and management- In Chhattisgarh.
Kondagaon, Chhattisgarh: Akalbati Sethiya, resident of kungarpal village – district Bastar is a proud mother of a young baby girl. The only difference is that unlike most new babies born healthy, her girl had to fight to survive.
Weighing just 2.2 kgs at birth despite being a full term baby, Akalbati Sethiya poor diet and unstable emotional condition affected the baby growth in the womb. “She would not eat well and keep getting very angry all through her pregnancy which caused her to have such a weak baby,” said Akalbati Sethiya’s mother. “We did not expect her baby to survive. That’s why as soon as she went into labour we brought her to the Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) in Kondagaon, where the doctors and nurses took good care of him and the baby is doing well now. “during the discharge 26.2.2019 baby weight was 2.3 kg.
Follow-up card has been provided to mother to ensure facility follow-up.
The baby was born in 24th Feb 2019 at district hospital Kondgaon – full term baby , with perinatal asphyxia "This time my baby survived I believe because of SNCU where he was brought soon after birth. I am happy that despite being so small he is feeding well and gaining strength. All thanks to care he is receiving at this special hospital for babies."
"The initiation of such a facility was made keeping in view that Kondgaon has an infant mortality rate much higher than the State average. “An urgent need was felt for specialized care for neonates apart from highly skilled neonatal care and support which can bring down the infant mortality rate in the district."
Such success stories are becoming common ever since SNCU was set up 1 Year by EKAM Foundation and UNICEF with the help of Department of Health & Family Welfare , Govt. of Chhattisgarh.
Everyday a new success story is created at the SNCU. Most cases, however, have not been recorded. To address this information gap, the facility is putting systems in place to capture the information.
Linking additional services to make the initiative sustainable
"Most children when discharged are quite well and the doctors here ask the mothers to bring them back for a follow up checkup”,. Now we are working on a system to keep a record of patients’ addresses and telephone numbers and a health worker will be sent to make a HBNC follow-up check on the wellbeing of the child and mother post their discharge from the hospital."
Another facility to be provided to the pregnant women and critically ill patients in surrounding villages is a transportation facility.
The Gift of Life for Baby Deva Varshini
Manikandan & Lakshmi reside in Thirukkalimedu village of Kancheepuram District. On 13/4/2017, Lakshmi gave birth to a female child named Deva Varshini at the Kancheepuram Govt. Hospital, and after 5 days, the baby faced difficulty in breathing and feeding. So she was referred to the Institute of Child Health (Egmore). There, the child was diagnosed with large
sub-arterial VSD restricted by RCC causing mild AR, Moderate VSD shunt left to right, VSD gradient 40 mm Hg for which they advised to continue medication for a certain period of time. In the month of October, one of our staff nurses from Kancheepuram District Early Intervention Centre came to know about the health condition of the child.
She referred this child to our District Coordinator Mr. Rudhrakotti and the medical reports were forwarded to Dr. Harapriya – consultant Pediatric Cardiologist from MIOT hospital to get medical opinion.
Deva Varshini was later evaluated and recommended a very complicated but much needed procedure to repair the valves of her heart. The cost for the procedure could not be afforded by the family (whose total income per day was less than 100 Rs). The concerned parents did not know what to do and explained their plight to the consultant doctor who approached Ekam and asked her to support part-costs of the treatment so that the child could undergo the emergency procedure without further delay. Ekam immediately arranged for the procedure to be conducted and raised money through our contacts. On the 8th of December 2017, the child was admitted for the surgery.
The procedure was a huge success and Deva Varshini was discharged without any complications. Her parent’s joys knew no bounds when they saw the smiling child, free of pain and illness.
Name : Janeshwar
Age : 1.5 years
Sex : Male
Medical Problem : Cardio Respiratory Failure.
Status : Discharged
Date : 17/8/2011
Mrs. Saraswathi and Mr. Venkatesh have a two year old son, Janeshwar, who was born with Cardio Respiratory Failure at Chengalpet Government Hospital. It is a critical medical condition in which cardiac arrest eventually leads to respiratory failure. Mr. Venkatesh works as a server in a small hotel and earns about INR 5000/month. He is the sole earning member of this family and so was caught in a helpless situation when he was advised to take his son to a private hospital for further treatment.
Dr. Sathya Jaganathan, who is the Nodal officer at Chengalpet Government Hospital, understood the family’s situation and referred the case to Mr. Krishnamurthy, who works as Project Coordinator there. Soon after, the baby got shifted from Chengalpet GH to Kanchi Kamakoti Child Trust Hospital(KKCTH) and was admitted at Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The baby received medical treatment under Dr. Rahul Yadav, who heads the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at KKCTH and was discharged after 21 days of hospitalization. Ekam helps raise funds for the child’s treatment.
Hospitalization costs Rs.1,73,470/- and child trust hospital given Rs.86,735/-(50% subsidy).
The following donors helped EKAM to pay the hospitalization cost:
Janeshwar is now 1.5 years old and is growing as a healthy child with his family.
Name : Mr.Charles
Designation : Patient Welfare Officer
Telephone Number : 7299002848
Deepti 28,from Bastar village of Jagdalpur district, gave birth to twin baby girls after seven years of her marriage. She had an institutional delivery at Private clinic at Jagdalpur. The babies were categorised under ELBW (Extremely Low Birth Weight) because of 0.65 gm and 0.60 gm. Babies were premature, that’s why they had symptoms of asphyxia and sepsis. Afterwards they were referred to private hospital at Raipur. The Condition of babies was highly critical and time makes that more crucial. Doctors have lost the hope to make the babies survive, henceforth babies were finally referred to biggest SNCU center in the oldest medical college of Raipur, Chhattisgarh on 29th August 16. Among these two neonates, condition of one baby was too decisive. And unfortunately she couldn’t survive after few hours of admission. The case was taken by the Head of the Department, Paediatrics, under her guidance management and treatment procedure was initiated. In SNCU doctors and nurses have paid special attention to the baby. After putting 2 months of continues effort 24*7 by Doctors and Nurses of SNCU, it was possible to gain the weight of baby by 1.5 Kg. At the end baby got discharged from SNCU in October 16. All the post discharge instructions were given to mother, so that growth and health of the baby can be tracked via follow up process.
Name : Baby of Sundari
Age : 3.5 years
Sex : Female
Medical Problem : Breathing Problems
Status : Discharged
Date : 09/06/2010
Mrs. Sundari, wife of Mr. Arul Jyothi went into labor on the 22nd of May 2010 at a government healthcare center in Ponnur Village. However, she was unable to deliver the child despite the breaking of her water bag. She was first transported to Vandavasi Government Hospital and from there was moved to the Chengalpet Government Hospital. Four hours later, Sundari delivered a beautiful girl child. Unfortunately, the child soon developed a breathing problem and had to be put under ventilation support. Arul Jyothi is a weaver and earns about Rs.2000 per month. This amount is barely enough to meet the needs of his four member family (2 children + his wife).
Since Chengalpet Hospital did not have the necessary support system, the child was once again shifted to Child Trust Hospital in Chennai with the help of Ekam Foundation. Upon arrival, the baby was put under ventilator support and was treated appropriately. The baby received treatment for two weeks and the medical costs amounted to INR 1,23,489 (Rs. 91,191 Hospitalization charges + Rs. 32,298.50 medical charges). Child Trust Hospital, very generously, agreed to provide a 50% discount on the hospitalization charges. Therefore the total fund requirement of INR 77,894 was paid by Ekam Foundation.
EKAM’s sincere thanks to the donors and supporters listed below.
The child is now 3.5 years old. She is living a healthy and happy life with her family
Name : Mr. Charles
Designation : Patient Welfare Officer
Telephone Number : 7299002848
Name : Gunavardhani
Age : 1.8 years
Sex : Female
Medical Problem : Severe PAPP
Status : Discharged
Date : 19/1/2013
Gunavardhani was born on the 27th of April, 2012 at Salem Government Hospital. She is daughter of Mr. Rajappan and Mrs. Jothi who work as weavers and earn a monthly income of INR 24,000/-. Gunavardhani was a healthy child till five months, when suddenly she faced difficulties in breathing and did not take her feeds properly. After first aid treatment in a local clinic, she was shifted to Life Line Hospital at Perunkudi where she was diagnosed with TAPVC, PDA and Severe PAPP. TAPVC is a heart condition where the blood does not take the normal route from the lungs to the heart and out to the body. Instead, the veins from the lungs attach to the heart in abnormal positions because of which oxygenated blood enters or leaks into the wrong chamber. Without any delay she underwent one major open heart surgery and recovered well but needed extended ventilator support.
Her parents who has already spent over two lakhs in surgery and medications, could not afford further treatment costs. Dr. Shivakumar, who was the child’s consultant, reached Ekam for help. We helped the parents to settle the pending amount of INR 50000, with the help of Women’s Welfare Syndicate, a charitable organization. Gunavardhai was shifted to Institute of Child Health and Govt Hospital for Children(ICH), where she received ventilator support and medical care for 15 days. Though the child’s health improved tremendously she still needed some medical care. So we arranged for ambulance support to shift the child from ICH to Salem Government Hospital where she received further ventilator care and was discharged after ten days, fully cured.
She is a healthy child now and is living happily with her family.
Name : Mr.Rajesh
Designation : Divisional Manager
Telephone Number : 9551088594
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