The most unusual way to make use of an ice box
Young couple from India forced to keep their premature baby in an ice box due to low funds.
As parents, your first instincts are usually always to keep
your baby as safe as possible, away from any harm no matter what.
Everyone dreads having a sick
baby and not having the means to provide good medical care for their kids. The
worst would probably have to be your baby being diagnosed with some infection
or disease and you are only able to pay for some of the treatment because you
don’t have medical aid and don’t have enough money to
keep them in hospital for the full duration of the treatment.
Something similar happened to
a couple in Mumbai, India last year in October. Aruna Chauhan gave birth
prematurely to her son, he came two months before his actual due date. The baby
reportedly weighed just over one kilogram.
Because of his littleness, he
had to be on constant watch- his body was too weak to fight off any infection
that he was prone to getting.
According to Fox News, the treatment eventually got too
expensive for the couple to keep the baby in hospital. They didn't have enough money to begin with, so they asked
relatives to help them by borrowing money.
After eventually running out of
people to ask they had no other choice but to remove the baby from hospital.
After 20 days in the Intensive
Care Unit the baby was discharged. Trying more options they called all the
government hospitals to ask for help, but all their ICU lists were hopelessly
One of the doctors at Alliance
Hospital then suggested a cheaper, unusual option to keep the baby alive which
was basically the couple’s only hope.
The doctor suggested
that they keep their baby in an ice box, cut holes into in and insert a 60 watt
bulb; for just the right amount of warmth. The ice box of course served as
a homemade incubator.
Willing to try anything, the couple then got a box from a fish market and cut
holes into it just like they were told.
This was obviously such a
traumatic experience trying to take care of their premature baby by themselves.
The parents were told to take little Mithilesh out of the box every two hours
to check his temperature.
The baby had allegedly spent
five months in the box and it seemed to have gone well; he didn't pick up any diseases.
The little one is now
receiving 24 hour medical care at Wadia Hospital for Children. The hospital
heard about his story and offered to treat him for free.
you go this far to save your little one?