18th September 2020

Freddy Daruwala On Baby’s Birth During These Hard Coronova Times

 Actor Freddy Daruwala became  a  proud father to a son  on  15 September.Seen as the archvillain in  Murugadoss’  Holiday, and the webseries Poison  Freddy spent many anxious months as his wife approached the end  of her pregnancy.

Says Freddy, “Since my father had contracted Covid-19 ,my father’s recovery and to save my pregnant wife from the infection…both were  crucial to me and the family. We had to keep my wife  completely isolated in a room just like my father and since I was the mediator for all of them, my days  passed in cleaning my hands, sanitizing places , managing things for both the sides.”

  It was  nonetheless  a risky  situation.  “I had to ensure I don’t pass it on to my wife and the kid so precautions were the only strong thing by my side.We took the utmost  precautions and luckily that time of her  pregnancy  passed.Recently we took an Antigen test and fortunately both my wife and I tested positive.So no matter how much we took care, we were definitely exposed to the virus and developed antibodies. Luckily we were  asymptomatic and the time went by.”

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   After  Freddy’s father recovered, Freddy and  his wife moved from Mumbai  to his home town Surat . “We were living pretty much an isolated life.Initially we didn’t have any plans for the  baby’s delivery  in Surat.But as the condition got worse in Mumbai, we were getting even more worried. It was like once bitten twice shy scenario.”

  With all medical  attention in Mumbai focused  on Covid patients Freddy says he found it hard  to  get  his  pregnant wife the healthcare she  needed.  “The service-staff system completely collapsed so it was very tough to sustain physically and mentally. We love our doctors in Mumbai. But we started thinking Surat as an option .We zeroed in on  this amazing  Doc and her facilities in Surat. She turned   out to be our family friend’s daughter and runs a very successful practice here. In Surat We still ensured about the room, the staff and the procedures beforehand. We visited the faculty and learnt about their protocols and once the faith and trust was installed, we decided to go for the birth in Surat.”

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 Freddy and his wife  Crystal  are  finally happy parents. “This is our second child in a span of two years and  the family  feels more complete now.We haven’t thought of a name but we shall do it in a next few days.”

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