Twins of Mrs Priyanka

The babies’ father, Manjunath, is a driver, earning Rs. 30,000 or less in a month, and the mother, Mrs. Priyanka, who is a homemaker from Bangalore, had left no stone unturned for their twins’ treatment. This was a difficult pregnancy for them, as they conceived after years of marriage. But due to early labour pain, the mother had to deliver the twins through a C-section at around 28 weeks. As the babies were born early with multiple complications, the team of neonatologists advised the parents that the babies needed NICU care.

The twins, born prematurely at 28 weeks of gestation and weighing only 1 kg and 1.1 kg each, had multiple problems like respiratory and cardio-vascular issues, followed by troubles in feeding, anaemia, and signs of jaundice as well. They were kept under observation at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and given constant critical care by the NICU team from Motherhood Hospital, Banashankari, Bangalore.

Since the twins needed adequate care for a few days, the costs were adding up. In fact, both the twins developed a serious condition of platelet deficiency, anemia, and signs of jaundice, which required close monitoring. While the NICU care brought the twins back from extremity, the NICU care stay and the equipment used for their treatment went up really high. Their parents did everything in their power to save money and meet the treatment expenses for their newborns. But that wasn’t enough.

That’s when the hospital administration, along with the Neonates Foundation of India, decided to donate funds and provide treatment at subsidized rates through crowdfunding.

After a stay of two and a half months, the twins were discharged from the hospital healthy, and both are doing well now, taking their feeds properly, and are the apple of their parents’ eyes.

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