News and commentary is the lifeblood of The Times, and we at The Times are proud to be the home of the award-winning feature article series, The Suck It, Kombucha.
For the past two years, The Times has been celebrating its birthday by running a series called The Sucks It, the culmination of which was the award for Best Feature Article.
The series was inspired by the real-life story of an Indian girl named Roshan who was forced to take herbal medicine for a condition called “Kumbh” (a Sanskrit word meaning “cure”) that causes extreme dehydration.
Roshan, an 18-year-old who lives in Kolkata, India, and who has never seen the world outside India, took herbal medicine as a desperate attempt to help her condition.
Rashan, who is one of thousands of Indian children who suffer from Kumbhakas, suffered from the condition when she was only six years old and was forced into using herbal medicine.ROSHAN, India: There are thousands of people like me who are going through a lot of things.
This is the only thing I have ever been able to control, and I have always been able, to survive.
But my family and I are scared, because we are used to this everyday life, we don’t know what is going to happen to us.
Roshann said she took herbal medicines as a means to combat the condition, but it only took her two weeks to find out what was going on inside her body.
She said she felt extremely lethargic and weak, and her body was going to stop working.
When she finally got out of bed, Roshanna felt a strange warmth come over her, and she started to have a strange sensation in her legs.
ROSHAN: I felt like I was floating in a vacuum.
There was nothing there.
There were no muscles, no blood vessels, no anything.
I couldn’t move.
I was completely lost.
I started to go insane.
RASHAN: It was very, very frightening.
I tried to escape but couldn’t.
I could only go to my house and call my parents and say I’m not going to be in my house anymore.
It was really hard for me to get to my parents.
My father and mother started to get worried and say, “You can’t do this.
You have to stay at home.”
But I didn’t want to go to the hospital.
ROSS: The first thing that Rosh Annam was told was that she had to go home.
She was told that she couldn’t go home because she was pregnant, and that she could be confined in the hospital for the rest of her pregnancy.
RUSHAN: The doctors told me, “We have to stop her pregnancy because it is a fatal condition.”
ROSS “But, why are you pregnant?”
I asked them.
They said, “Well, because you’ve been drinking too much water.”
They told me to stay away from the baby.
RUSS: Roshane was forced, under duress, to drink water that was so dilute that it would kill her unborn child.
RUSSELL: That’s when I found out, when I came back, that she’s still pregnant.
RUTHERFORD: Rohan’s mother, Raghu Devi, who works in a government hospital in Kishore, India told The Times that her daughter had to be treated as if she were an adult, and Roshans condition worsened rapidly.
RUHU DIVI: I could barely breathe and could barely eat.
She could barely even talk.
I went into shock and I thought she was going into labor.
RANI: It’s not possible to talk about the experience because it’s just so horrific, RAN: She couldn’t eat or talk.
It wasn’t like she had a life.
She couldn, she couldn, I could hardly talk.
RUPERT: Rishann told The India Today that Rohan was placed in a hospital ward for days, while Raghus health deteriorated.
RRIAN: After three days, my mother asked me to come home.
But Rohan couldn’t come home because of the medication.
She wasn’t even able to speak.
RRAHU: She had to keep taking the medicine, she was very sick.
She lost her memory.
She can’t even read.
RAGAN: That is how she came out of it.
RAY: She said, I can’t drink water because I’m pregnant.
I didn, I couldn, it was so bad.
RANKIN: Ramesh Chandrasekharan, a medical doctor who has worked with Roshanne, said that her condition has changed little since she started taking the herbal medicines.
RYAN: This is how you have to live.
It’s so sad.