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Mar 4, 2015

Open Hearts

Ms. Jayshree Gadapa with baby Mary
Ms. Jayshree Gadapa with baby Mary

Life keeps situating us in different circumstances, whether we accept them readily with open hearts or not is left to us…

Bal Asha Trust team often finds itself frequently in situations which require not only a big heart followed by prompt actions but taking quick decisions too. 

A recent case was of baby Mary who soon became a member of Bal Asha’s large family. Mary was born to an unwed mother who could not look after her due to social stigma.  Her situation became more difficult and alarming when the doctors told her that her 23-day old baby had heart defect.

She went to various NGOs for surrendering the child not only due to the social stigma but for urgent medical help for the child.  Unfortunately she was turned away. Almost twenty days after the child’s birth and going from one agency to another, she learnt about Bal Asha Trust.  She contacted the Trust and shared her anxiety and anguish. The team reassured her that they would do everything in their capacity to help her.   

The next few hours were crucial for us as a team as two important steps had to be completed- - one, the child needed immediate medical care and second  the child welfare authorities had to be informed.

Bal Asha team spoke to the Child Welfare Authorities and the doctors at the hospital and they all pledged support and help. The social workers immediately contacted reached the mother and were shocked to see Maria’s medical condition which was not good at all.  She was a barely 2 kg and was having difficulty in breathing.

She was immediately taken to Wockhardt hospital for a through medical examination where the doctors discovered that Mary was suffering from  congenital birth heart  and have to undergo certain tests. Dr.  Suresh Joshi, the senior cardiac surgeon said that Mary would need an open heart surgery. Till then Mary a was placed in Bal Asha for general care since it had all the facilities for quality care.

For the Bal Asha team that day proved a true test going through not only an unexpected crisis followed by prompt action and taking a quick decision and sanctions for legal procedures but also undergoing a whole gamut of emotions.

Bal Asha’s superintendent, Ms Jayashree Gadappa prepared a care plan for Mary while doctors decided to future treatment for her medical problem. 

In due course of time Dr Suresh Joshi operated on Mary at the Wockhardt Hospital. The team is very proud that they could take timely action during Mary’s crucial and in the early phase of her life.   We are immensely grateful to Dr Joshi for his diagnose at the opportune time thus saving a precious life.

Dr Joshi is already familiar with Bal Asha Trust as he had operated on two other children belonging to the institution. Both the children are adopted and have found delightful families. The team is confident that in due course Mary too will find her parents and live a healthy and happy life.

With your generous support Bal Asha Trust was able to take care of Mary in her difficult times.  We hope that you will continue to support us so that together we can make a difference in these young lives.

We were covered by a popular newspaper
We were covered by a popular newspaper
Dec 17, 2014

Arjun - A smiling inspiration

Looking forward....
Looking forward....

Dear Friends,

A sincere thank you for your support to Bal Asha Trust during the September Challenge and beyond.

Today we have 45 children in care and most of them are with special needs. Your support helped us to reach the most needy our society i.e. Destitute Children.

Arjun was found abandoned by local police of a neighboring district of Mumbai.  He was admitted in a child care centre. The child care centre on admission found that Arjun did not have male genitals…

They immediately contacted Bal Asha Trust and after formalities Arjun was in children’s home. 

Arjun is little above three years.  We found him to be great kid with an amazing smile.  He immediately settled in with the regular routine of home.   The medical care team took him to a pediatric surgeon.  On examination and tests the doctor concluded that he will need a highly skilled Genitoplasty surgery. 

It was very sad for us to know from the doctor that he was in this situation probably because his genitals could have been mutilated either accidentally or otherwise before being abandoned.

A few weeks later he was admitted for a surgery which lasted for more than four hours.  During the operation he was found to have dense adhesions of the penile shaft with virtually no skin.   The structure was freed from all sides and covered with a skin graft, the skin coming from his thigh…

After a long post surgery care by care takers and nurses of Bal Asha Trust Arjun is doing well medically.  His struggle is not over yet, as it cannot be predicted if he will have an erectile function.  The team will continue to give him the best medical care and rehabilitation.

Throughout this one thing did not change and inspired us is Arjun’s constant SMILE.  There is so much to learn from children.  Inspite a sort of Tsunami in their individual life they continue to smile and make us cheerful. 

Thank you for helping us to give children like Arjun a life they deserve.

I request you to consider making a recurring donation as GlobalGiving is matching 100% all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor for a short time!  You have to choose to make atleast four consecutive months including the first one. 

Your recurring donation will make a bigger impact! 

Bal Asha Trust team and children wish you a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year with your loved ones.

Surgery Care
Surgery Care
Oct 6, 2014

Rani's journey for Survival

Rani with Nurse Meena
Rani with Nurse Meena

Greetings from Bal Asha Trust!

Thank you for your donations and support during the September Challenge of Global Giving.   You helped Bal Asha Trust successfully complete the challenge and get a permanent spot at Global Giving!   Thank you.

The donations will help us to provide quality care to children in our care, but also reach out to children who are in great danger in other cities.

Like two weeks back we reached to "Rani".  Rani was abandoned about 400 kms from Mumbai in rural Maharashtra.  She was abandoned near a lime tree in a village when she was only a few weeks old.   She was admitted in a local child care centre by the police. 

On primary medical investigation it was found that the child was HIV positive.   The child care centre did not have the required expertise to give Rani medical and nutritional support.  The said centre called us for help! Bal Asha Trust was too happy to give Rani a home.

After necessary permission were received. We travelled to the city where Rani was located.  It took almost 10 hours of continuous journey to reach the town.  

We met Rani she is physically small for her age.  Nurse “Meena” from Bal Asha immediately took her in the arms.  She changed her in new clothes.  After finishing the paperwork.  We started back on our journey to Mumbai.

The journey was very emotional for us.  We could not stop looking at this beautiful little girl. It took us almost 12 hours for us to reach back to Mumbai.   We took regular stops so Rani could have her feeds without much trouble due to the bumpy road.   

We were surprised that after few hours, this little girl looked in our eyes and smiled. Rani reached Bal Asha Trust safely.  She has already settled in well.  Rani is seeing a pediatrician regularly.  Dr. Fazal Nabi has conducted all required tests so that we can prepare a plan for her speedy improvement in her health. 

Thank you for supporting us, so together we could reach to Rani. I assure you together we will continue to help children and keep giving abandoned children a home full of love and care!

Kind Regards,

 
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