For Hiralal Bhanarkar, 42, and his spouse Hirkanya, 39 — each landless labourers from Uchgaon village in Sakoli tahsil of Bhandaran district — the fireplace incident at Bhandara District Hospital on Saturday not solely snuffed the life out of their first dwell child, born after 4 stillbirths, but in addition put an finish to their quest to grow to be dad and mom.
“After our marriage in 2006, my wife conceived for the first time after three years, but she had a premature delivery after six months with the baby, a girl, arriving dead. Two years later, a premature boy was born dead after six months of pregnancy. In 2014, another baby, a girl again, also arrived dead after seven months of pregnancy. And yet another girl child was born dead two years later, after full nine months of pregnancy,” mentioned Hiralal.
The couple then approached a personal physician at Lakhni, a tahsil city within the district, who began treating Hirkanya to make sure a secure supply. But this time too, a child woman was born prematurely after seven months. Underweight at only one kg, she was rushed to the Bhandara District Hospital and admitted to the sick neo-natal care unit (SNCU) the identical day, on January 6. The Bhanarkars’ desires of parenthood, nonetheless, got here to a tragic finish on January 9.
A hearth on the hospital claimed the lives of 10 newborns, together with their daughter, within the SNCU.
“You won’t be able to imagine how it feels. Our world has come crashing down. Despite living a hand-to-mouth existence, I worked day and night to collect money required for my wife’s treatment… and spent about Rs 30,000. All that is now in vain,” Hiralal mentioned.
Hirkanya has been admitted on the main well being centre in Ekodi for remedy of trauma. The Maharashtra authorities has given the couple a cheque for Rs 5 lakh as compensation for the tragedy.
But the Bhanarkars have determined to not attempt for a kid once more.
“The doctor said my wife will face a risk to her life if we try for a child again. So, we have decided not to pursue it further,” mentioned Hiralal.