Fund crunch forces baby Chahat to exit PGI
She can be cured, but her father is taking her back as he cannot afford to pay the money required for diagnosing the disease.punjab Updated: May 16, 2017 13:27 IST
The nine-month-old baby girl, who is suffering from obesity, might not get treatment as her family is unable to afford Rs 2 lakh. Chahat’s weight is 20 kg, while an ideal body weight of a 9-month-old baby girl, should be between 6.6 - 10.4 kg.
She can be cured, but her father is taking her back as he cannot afford to pay the money required for diagnosing the disease. The baby was born on July 24, 2016 via normal delivery. Her weight was normal, but she started gaining it when she was 4-month old.
“When she was 4 months, her weight was 9 kg. It increased to 15 kg at 6 months. It further increased by two more kg in the next three months. Currently, she weighs 20kg and she is turning 10-month-old on May 24,” said Suresh Kumar, father of the child, who works in a cable shop in Amritsar.
On May 11, she was referred to the PGIMER. Here, doctors have conducted some tests, but have not been able to diagnose the problem so far. They are planning to send the samples of tests to Bangalore.
Doctors have found that Chahat’s 14-year-old paternal uncle is also obese. He weighs 68 kg and is hardly 4 feet tall.
“We have conducted general tests, but the disease could not be identified. So, now we want to send the samples to Bangalore for further diagnosis,” said Dr Devi Dayal, examining the baby girl.
He said, “Samples will be sent for sequencing to know any abnormality in genes. We want that samples of both children should be sent for examination and it will cost around Rs 2 lakh.” The doctor added saying, “When the funds will be arranged, the samples will be sent for examination.”
On the other hand, Chahat’s father, Suraj Kumar, has lost hope related to the treatment of his child.
“I don’t have money and cannot afford the treatment. I don’t have any relative who have give me this amount. We will take her (Chahat) back to Amritsar as I cannot afford Rs 2 lakh,” said Suraj Kumar Chahat.