Ammani held a short story competition to collect funds for Project Why. This was my entry
"You shouldn't have let this happen. Why did you not bring her for monthly check up?"
"No Doctor, last child was born ok, so we thought..."
"You people think you are doctors yourself. Do you know what has happened, this child is mongoloid. There are further complications. If checked before, we could have aborted it earlier. This kid has to be put in an institution. Now how are you going to manage... ". I didn't complete the sentence "with your clerks salary"
The only sound in the neonatal ICU was the whirring noise of the AC.
"Doctor..". It was the chief nurse. She pointed to the monitor. The ECG was erratic.
"Check the oxygen", I rushed to the kid. No use.
I turned and looked at him. There was a sigh of relief in his eyes before the tears came.
Other entries can be found here. The winner will be decided based on the voting here. Read the stories, and vote for what you think is the best.