Suchitra, 3 Months, Heart Problem, KKS Orphanage, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

KKS Orphanage received Suchithra, a 3 month old baby girl from Cuddalore govt. hospital. After her mother's death, father abandoned her. In their baby care centre, KKS volunteers gave due attention to the baby.

They provided utmost care for one month. Due to frequent illness of the baby, they admitted her at DR. Mehta's Hospital as they have already admtited 2 babies at Sundaram Medical Foundation.

The doctors diagnosed that the baby has Hydrocephalus. The baby was in need of a surgery that needed a SHUNT. Doctors advised to change the shunt.

Hospital has come forward to perform surgery at free of cost, but KKS has to borne the cost of surgicals. The operation was performed on the last week of June. KKS has yet to pay the bills.

As there was no money, KKS opted for Indian shunt which costs Rs. 8000, when she was operated. But on July 3rd, the shunt got bulged and all of a sudden the baby had to be taken to the hospital.

This time the doctors might prefer the imported shunt that costs Rs. 16000. Overall, the cost of surgery would be around Rs. 20 to 25,000.

In a nutshell

Date of News: June 22, 2007

Source: E-mail forward to our Blr member, Pavan.

Baby name: Suchitra

Family Details: She is an orphan, admitted by Cuddalore Govt. Hospital

Age: 3 months

Disease: Hydrocephalus

Defects: underweight and grossly malnourished

Need: Immediate surgery that involves adding a SHUNT

Hospital: Dr. Mehta'S Hospital, Chennai

Paediatrician: Dr. Sailakhsmi, 91-98417-93151

Operation: Operated free of cost, last week (June 24 - June 30)

Fund Requirement: Surgicals cost has to be borne by the Orphanage.

On 22nd June, one of our Blr members, Pavan, forwarded this case to us.

On June 26th, our Chennai member, Arun, spoke with the Program Executive of the Orphanage, Ms. Rajini Devi. She explained the situation. They have to pay bills to the hospital.

On July 4th, he contacted Ms. Rajini Devi again to know the status as we forwarded the case to many of our friends and posted in one or two forums.

As the baby has to go for another operation, they are in need of funds and she requested our support.

On 13th July, Arun visited the hospital and spoke with Dr. Sai Lakshmi. She told to Arun that on 14th of July she will discuss with her senior Doctor and confirm the future course of action. Hopefully they will go ahead with resurgery in the coming week.

Our Comment

Arun is very much impressed by the commitment of the KKS Volunteers. You can approach him if you want more details.

We got a very good response from Venkat Ganne, one of our US members. He contributed 500$ for Suchitra. To required extent, we will contribute the amount.

Arun: 91-93828-10832, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: For details regarding the KKS Orphanage, please click here: KKSS India

Amount collected so far

  • Shanmuga Raja - Rs. 300
  • Ramesh - Rs. 500
  • Venkat Ganne - Rs. 20000
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