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Why India's helping this rickshaw puller's baby

Written By Sambasivarao on Saturday, October 27, 2012 | Saturday, October 27, 2012

Damini, the one-month-old daughter of a rickshaw puller in Rajasthan, is critically ill and has been shifted to a Jaipur hospital. The baby is malnourished, weighs only 1.4 kg and has a blood infection. Doctors say she could need a transfusion. Her mother died five days after she was born and Damini has spent the last month strapped to her father's chest as he earned a living.

A bank account set up for them now contains 1.3m rupees ($24,236; £15,082), reports say.
Mr 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, Mr Jatav had to take her to work with him every day.
After reading the family's story, the district administration is now helping Mr Jatav and the government is bearing the cost of Damini's treatment in hospital.

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