A two-week-old infant who was born with wrinkled skin is struggling to survive after her parents rejected her because of her rare skin condition, reports Mirror
The baby girl, who hasn’t even been named yet, is being looked after by her granddad, Dilip Dode, 50, who fed her with goats milk from a spoon for two weeks before he got her admitted to a hospital in Maharashtra.
Born in the seventh month of pregnancy, she weighs just 800 grams and doctors say her unusual features could be the result of Intra-Uterine Growth Retardation (IUGR) and some chromosomal abnormality.
Embarrassed by her birth, the infant’s mother, Mamata Dode, and father, Ajay Dode, have refused to accept her. The mother did not even feed her. The infant’s grandfather, who is a labourer, said:
“I am thankful to the hospital for giving free medical treatment to my granddaughter. It is really disheartening that even her parents have rejected her, but I will go to any extent to save her. My son and his wife had been expecting a healthy child, but were left in horror when their new baby was born with unusual features.”
Dilip, who is shocked at insensitivity of the newborn’s parents and others, said:
“She does not have the usual features and the word soon spread in the village. From our relatives to villagers, everyone gathered at our home to have a look at the baby. And when they got to see her, they ran away in fear. No one held the baby in their hands as they thought they will catch the disease. Even my son and daughter-in-law refused to accept her as they were embarrassed to have given birth to her. It is not her fault to have been born different and I will not throw her away because of this disease.”
Wadia Hospital in Mumbai has agreed to meet the cost of her treatment, expected to be 500,000 rupees and has arranged accommodation for Mr Dode. Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO at the hospital, said:
“She was dehydrated when she came to us and any further delay could have proven fatal. But now she is responding to the medical treatment and improving. Once all the required tests and results come, we will be able to chalk down the diagnosis and treatment protocol.”