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Newborn can’t go home until hospital bills are cleared

Unable to pay hospital bills, couple seek help to take home their baby girl born with brain cysts after 16 years of marriage

  • By Sharmila Dhal, 
Senior Reporter
  • Published: 23:27 December 12, 2012
  • XPRESS

  • Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Xpress
  • Thradhi Kumar, one an a half month old girl, is stuck in hospital until her Dh100,000 bills is paid.

Dubai: An Indian couple who’ve had a baby girl after 16 long years of marriage cannot take her home as they can’t afford to pay the hospital bills, XPRESS has learnt.

Lateesh Kumar, father of infant Thridhi, said fate has played a cruel trick on the family with one mishap after another befalling them. “I was so happy when my wife Sini conceived through in-vitro fertilisation after 16 years of our marriage. But the joy was short-lived as our baby was born prematurely with multiple cysts in the brain. I was also rendered jobless around the same time,” said Kumar, who used to work as a heavy-duty driver.

Premature delivery

He said he and his wife were planning to return to India for good in November. “But as luck would have it, Sini broke water and had to be rushed to Dubai Hospital where she delivered the baby early on October 19.”

A doctor at the hospital confirmed that Thridhi was born prematurely at 29 weeks. “She weighed 1.2 kg and was kept in the neonatal intensive care unit which is the normal procedure till the weight reaches 1.8kg. This takes at least six to eight weeks. The baby is active now, clinically stable and is sucking well. She is ready for discharge. But she has multiple cysts in the brain which can affect her neurologically in future. So she needs follow-up in both neonatal and neurological clinics.”

According to medical records, the baby was ready for discharge on November 29. But with Kumar unable to pay the bill or arrange for her future treatment elsewhere, she remains in the hospital. With each passing day, the costs are said to be increasing by around Dh3,000. Laila Al Haddad, head of the hospital’s Social Care Unit, said Kumar owed the hospital Dh120,000 as of December 9.

Kumar said he cannot manage the money on his own. “We spent so much on my wife’s IVF treatment in India. I have no way of paying the hospital bill or for the future treatment that Thridhi will need.” He said he had earlier borrowed Dh31,000 from friends and family which he still has to repay.

“We are in a desperate situation and do not know what to do. Please, please, help us and find us a solution.”

If you wish to help the family, write to editor@xpress4me.com

Comments (8)

Your comments
  1. Added 13:40 December 13, 2012

    The couple has waited for years to have the joy that every man and woman looks for in marriage... A child.. Hospitals were built to cater to the individual needs of people, yes there is money involved and it is only right for them to demand a certain fee that they need to be paid for their services... Is there an account number that can be publised for this couple that people can actually send some money to.. this way they can pay their bills and start living the life they have wanted for the last 16 years.....Let's all have a heart... this is a family who has waited patiently..... Editor's note: Thank you for your mail. You may please contact Ms Laila Al Haddad of Dubai Hospital directly at 050-6944322

    Ritesh, Doha, Qatar

  2. Added 13:34 December 13, 2012

    I suggest, just pay Dh500 to Dh1,000 each and we need only 100 to 200 members to solve their problem. I don't think it's difficult, as thousands of people will go out tonight for weekend dinner or parties and will spent more than Dh500 each. I m sure, we can help. We can pay directly to the hospital as well.

    Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:29 December 13, 2012

    The UAE govt is very generous and the NGO called Beti Movement in India can come forward to help this needy cuteee girl.

    sara, auh, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:25 December 13, 2012

    I know for sure that Dubai's Ruler will help. Please inform him about this case

    Abdul Samad, Dubai, India

  5. Added 13:25 December 13, 2012

    Totally agree with Abdul Basit.

    reader, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:02 December 13, 2012

    We are moved the plight of this family...there would be many others also in this pathetic situation but are not known...if we have compulsory medical insurance 4 all residents like in AUH, then such issues can be sorted. Please provide the contact number of the parents / bank info if any so that generous minds can contribute to the family. Small drops make a big ocean...God bless! Editor's: Thank you for your mail regarding the Indian family. You may please contact Ms Laila Al Haddad of Dubai Hospital directly at 050-6944322. Thanks and regards

    sunny, AUH, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:43 December 13, 2012

    The UAE Government very kind. They will definitely help this family.

    KHALID, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 09:46 December 13, 2012

    Mr. Mohammad Al Raft donated Dh38million, out of that Dh120,000 could be given to this poor guy.....

    Abdul Basit, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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