Desperate dad gets help

Bablu Jatav pedals with his daughter month-old Damini in hand as he works.

DELHI — The condition of a month-old Indian baby girl, whose rickshaw-puller father was forced to take her to work when her mother died, is improving, doctors say.

Damini has been taken off life-support and she is now stable, Dr. JK Mittal of the Fortis hospital in Jaipur said.

She was taken to hospital on Sunday weak, underweight and suffering from septicaemia. Her father had had to carry her in a sling as he worked.

Meanwhile, people moved by the family’s plight have been sending them money.

In the week since the story was first published on the BBC news website, money has poured in from around the world to help Damini and her father Bablu Jatav.


A bank account set up for them now contains 1.3m rupees (US$24,236; 15,082), reports say.

Jatav’s wife, Shanti, died on 20 September, soon after giving birth to their first child in the town of Bharatpur in Rajasthan state. As there was nobody to look after the baby, Jatav had to take her to work with him every day.

After reading the family’s story, the district administration is now helping Jatav and the government is bearing the cost of Damini’s treatment in hospital.

“Baby Damini is responding to treatment and is out of danger now. We have also noted an increase in her weight,” Mittal told the BBC this morning.

He said she had been taken off the ventilator yesterday.

“I’m very happy that Damini is recuperating. I have been told by the doctors that she is now fine,” Jatav added.

He also thanked people for their support in the past week. (BBC)

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