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I am fundraising to help Fund A Liver Transplant Operation

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29th March 2016
Dear Supporters,

I am Ibrahim, a Milaap Open Campaigns Fellow in Mumbai. I visited Jaita Roy at her father’s apartment to check on his health. Currently, Mr. Jayanta is at his home. However, he is in isolation and has nursing staff taking care of him 24x7.

Jaita told me that the liver transplant procedure took place on 16th December, though he had been admitted to the hospital since the 1st of that month. The procedure went really well with no complications and he was removed from the ventilator the same day. He could walk and talk and he was even shifted from the ICU to the general ward after three days.

However, on 22nd December, while doing his physiotherapy routines, he suddenly lost consciousness. The doctors believed that it was a complication arising from the immunosuppressant medications that he was taking. They had caused neurotoxicity causing his brain to stop receiving oxygen for a few seconds.  He was put back on the ventilator.

A week after that, he had to undergo tracheostomy to avoid prolonged exposure to the ventilator.While the procedure was being done, he regained back consciousness. It took sometime before he could properly recognise and respond to people. His body had undergone severe stress owing to the medical procedure. He finally got discharged on 25th January after  his right side had recovered quite well,after which  he could move his right hand and leg.

The total cost of the hospitalization from 1st December to 25th Jan, i.e. for 56 days was about Rs. 34 Lakhs. Even now, he’s in contact isolation and requires nursing staff to care of him 24x7. He also has a physiotherapist visiting him daily. Both these result in an additional expense of Rs. 3800 per day. They have exhausted the money received by the donors via Milaap, and Mr. Jayanta’s retirals. They have had to borrow the remaining amount.

After a while, I was allowed to go inside and meet Mr. Jayanta. One could see that the whole ordeal had taken a toll on him, but he was still smiling. The first thing he told me was to thank all donors on his behalf. He was really grateful for the tremendous support the donors had shown. It was great to see him achieving recovery. Jaita told me that they are hoping that his left side will recover soon through physiotherapy and he might be able to walk again.
While he’s recovering,there has been an addition to the family. Jaita has recently become a mother by giving birth to a baby. The sight of his grandchild will surely speed up Mr. Jayanta’s recovery.  

Dear all,
Those of you who know me personally may know that my father hasn't been well for the last one year.

The first signs of sickness began in March 2015, he started loosing weight and feeling weak. We started taking him to the doctors, a long series of consultations & tests began. Because I live and work in Mumbai, it was getting difficult for me to do the rounds with them in Kolkata. So I asked my parents to shift base to Mumbai. From May this year his condition started deteriorating rapidly. He has been hospitalised for long stretches for about 6 times in the last 9 months, currently he is in Mumbai's Global Hospitals.


In the last one year he has become half of what he used to be and physically very weak. His disease is Auto Immune Hepatitis where his body's immune system is attacking his liver as a foreign body. This is aggravated by Hepatitis E which is a water borne virus, as if this is not enough he is also suffering from chronic liver disease which causes anorexia and fluid accumulation in stomach and feet. So the fluid has to be pumped out of his body artificially. 


Looking at his photos you may think that he is old, but he is just 59. In one year this horrible disease has totally incapacitated my Baba. Finally after exhausting all other medical means, the doctors have suggested liver transplantation. My mother who is 50, is going to be the donor. I am their only child, me and my husband have been pushing our limits to care for my father. But this liver transplantation and the post care is such an expensive procedure that it has gone beyond our means. 


I keep seeing crowd sourcing initiatives and how it completely changes people's lives for the better. So I thought of reaching out to my friends and well wishers for your help. Please help us raise the funds for my father's operation and help save him. 

The operation is scheduled for end of December 2015.


I would be ever grateful for every little help that comes our way.


Yours, 


Jaita
 

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