“I felt sorry for the lady who was in labour, and at the same time, I was furious with people’s behaviour towards her. I took her to Vydahi hospital where the doctors asked us to go CV Raman hospital.”
After reaching CV Raman hospital, Babu was asked to find pregnant woman’s relatives or friends to fill the admission form.
“Unfortunately, to admit any patient, filling the admission form is a requirement in most hospitals. She was already in a lot of pain, so instead of searching for her relatives, I filled the form. My conscience did not allow me to leave.”
Babu being a real role model for humanity, stayed till the time baby girl was delivered.
Unfortunately, the baby girl was born prematurely.
When Babu came to know that the baby suffered from severe breathing problems, he took the baby to Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital and completed the whole formalities again. As Babu spent the entire day at the hospital, it took on a toll on his income for that day. But, that didn’t stop him from extending his help to this new-born.
But, what happened next shocked Babu?
After changing clothes, when Babu went back to CV Raman hospital to check on the mother, he was shocked to learn that the woman had fled.
“It was one of the most dreadful moments of my life when I learnt that the mother had abandoned her newly-born child. I have my children and running away is the worst thing a parent can do”
Though the mother herself might have abandoned her own child, what Babu did will melt anyone’s heart!
For almost 3 weeks, Babu would visit Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital every day after his work. He paid the hospital bills from his own pocket. He did everything that he could without expecting anything return.
“Those 18 days I did not think about anything but the baby. I was terrified in the beginning, but my wife supported me and even hinted towards adopting the infant. The child’s health also started improving.”
However, on May 4, the child’s health deteriorated, and she succumbed to health problems.
“The doctors called me early in the morning and informed me that premature babies have a low survival rate and the girl passed away after coughing blood. I wanted to perform death rites for the infant, but the hospital did not permit me”
Disheartened by what happened to this little one, Babu lodged a formal complaint against the mother to ensure that no mother ever does anything like this to her child.
In today’s era, where people are too scared or too busy to help fellow men, we need more heroes like Babu. We not only need to celebrate his courage, but also his compassion.
At I FOR HER, we celebrate women and men equally who are trying their level best to support women to lead a healthy, happy and hopeful life.
In case you know of any such person, do share it with us.