Singer Jankee Parekh Mehta, wife of television actor Nakuul Mehta, recently opened up about their newborn son Sufi's surgery.
Both Jankee and Nakuul's life turned upside down after they learnt that their little munchkin was diagnosed with Bilateral Inguinal Hernia and had to undergo surgery under general anaesthesia when he turned two months old.
In a long post on Instagram, Jankee revealed how she fought through her emotions when she discovered the diagnosis and the urgent need for the surgery. She also shared how she prepared the child for it.
Sharing an adorable picture in which she can be seen holding Sufi in her arms, Jankee wrote, "Almost thought would not share this, but seeing so many of you open up your lives to me, I feel so much more courage to share my story, now. 3 weeks ago, our little ‘Sufi’ was diagnosed with Bilateral lnguinal Hernia & the doctors advised immediate surgical intervention. Inspite of it being a safe surgical procedure in infants, just the thought of having my little one having to undergo a surgery under general anesthesia broke my heart."
Elaborating on how she prepped the baby for staying without his feed on the day of the surgery, Jankee wrote, "The day I found out, tears wouldn’t stop. My next 3 nights went in preparing him for the procedure. What worried me was the fact that he had to fast for 4 hours before and 2 hours after surgery as he was going to be administered anesthesia. So until the day of the surgery, I would wake him up every night at 3 am, feed him & then time his sleep pattern making sure that he doesn’t wake up for the next 4.5 hours & if he did, I didn’t feed him immediately."
"My plan was to mimic the day of the surgery so that his body clock gets trained for the procedure & he doesn’t wake up earlier & ask for milk. Besides that I kept talking to him about how he needs to sleep for longer on that day, how we are going to get through this together. He would keep staring at my face & listen attentively. Or atleast that’s what I thought," she added.
"Cut to the day of the surgery, the day when he turned 2 months. Sufi behaved exactly the way we planned. He slept till the time I handed him over to the surgeon in the OT. Post the surgery, when he woke up, the next whole hour I just spoke to him on how well he did, what a champ he’s been through it all & how he needs to wait just a little bit longer for milk. I was just amazed at how this boy who needs milk every 2 hours patiently waited for 7 hours in total before getting his feed. The smile on his face after he got milk was just priceless," her post further read.
Jankee concluded her post with, "Babies are a lot more resilient than we think. They understand & sense each & everything that we feel & communicate. I truly believe my long chats with Sufi & our training helped him pass this exam with flying colours. The best gift that we can give our children is to teach them to be ‘Happy and Fearless’ inspite of all the challenges that life throws at them."
Nakuul and Jankee welcomed Sufi on February 3. In an Instagram post, she revealed that they decided on the name Sufi when she was in her first trimester.
The couple tied the knot in 2012 after dating for nine years. While Nakuul has been winning people's hearts with his acting prowess, Jankee is known for being a voice-over artist, a stage performer and a singer.