Tuesday, July 21, 2020

From Leh to Delhi: Mom’s milk for her baby from 1,000km away

New Delhi: Every day for the past three weeks, 31-year-old Jikmet Wangdu has been going to IGI Airport to collect an ice box that reaches him from Leh in Ladakh. The box making the 1,000-km journey each day contains breast milk sent by his wife for their 35-day-old son, who is undergoing treatment at Max Super Specialty Hospital in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh.
Soon after his birth on June 16, the mother, Dorjey Palmo, 30, noticed her son was unable to suckle. When the doctor in Leh consulted paediatric experts in Delhi, they discovered that the baby’s oesophagus and trachea, or the windpipe and the food channel, were connected and required immediate surgery.
The baby’s uncle flew him to Delhi on June 18, while Wangdu, a teacher in Mysuru, Karnataka, also reached the city.
The surgery to separate the two vital pipelines was performed on June 19. As the baby recuperated, the family made arrangements through acquaintances travelling from Leh to Delhi to deliver six 60ml bottles of milk to Wangdu for the infant. Recognising the need to have the milk delivered every day, the airlines stepped in a few days later to transport the baby’s food for free.
The good news is that Wangdu and his son will be heading home in a couple of days. The infant has responded well to treatment, and doctors have also begun to give him oral feeds. “My son is recovering and getting stronger and I am grateful to the hospital for taking such great care,” said Wangdu.
21/07/20 Sakshi Chand/Times of India

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