The girl child is now unable to stand on her feet.
After the operation, Sonam Peldon’s body is paralyzed and her left hand has become lifeless and insensitive.
Back in 2009, when Sonam Peldon was born, the baby had a cyst-like formation at the lower back region.
When Dema Yangzom, the mother asked the doctor about the implications in the long run, the doctor then had said that it would have no impact and had it was left as is.
She told The Bhutanese, “As she (Sonam Peldon) grew up, the lump at her back also grew bigger and bigger. Every time, I took the baby to hospital for check up, I was given Paracetamol and sent back but when my daughter was nine months old, the lump got worst, reddish and at times pus came out. Her condition got worse, she stopped drinking milk, and she vomited and had high fever. Then she was admitted in the hospital where the doctor’s said that it had to be operated.”
“At first, they said that the baby needs to be referred to Bangalore but later two doctors had meeting for almost two days and finally said that operation can be done here,” she said.
The operation was carried out in March 2010, when the child was just nine months old.
After operation, the condition became worse, her neck was not in a normal position, and there was no movement in her legs or hands.
“The baby was not reacting to the medicines,” the mother said.
“I was not convinced with her condition, after keeping her in the hospital for almost half a month, I forcefully brought my daughter home, took her to Lamas, performed rituals and visited India to perform traditional treatment on her.
The baby’s condition did improve but not altogether. Half her body was paralyzed, her left hand could not feel anything,” Dema Yangzom said.
Ever since Sonam Peldon returned from the hospital, Dema never returned for further treatment with the fear that her condition could become the same.
“Had my child been in the hospital, she would have been killed,” the mother said.
Before the life-changing accident, the baby could move her legs, crawl but after the operation everything was tragic, said the mother.
“She has problem with the bowel movements, normally, children at this age, can go to toilet but my daughter does not have control over it,” said Dema Yangzom.
Sonam Peldon, who is now three years and four months old has to drag her whole body to move around and seeing her baby in such condition, Dema Yangzom has no words to express rather than to shed tears.
“My daughter always asks, when can I walk like other children but I never have answer to her question,” said the mother.
The Bhutanese tried to contact the hospital staffs for their version of the story, but, the doctors involved in the case were on trainings and could not be contacted.
Chencho Dema /Thimphu