Me and Mr. Mahesh Raju visited her on 16/12/2018. Her eyes are clearly pronouncing her condition yet they were shining with hope. May be an onlooker like you or me will never feel the grave nature of their exact situation. Because they seem to be living in a good house and have a car, which is far beyond luxury if we think of any common poor individual. But the reality is that they let go their own house in return for the loan amount for her first Renal Transplant which was conducted about 9 years back. Suma, her mother was the donor. And they couldn't repay the amount. Thus they lost their own home to the bank. Now they live in a rented house in a different area, where even the neighbours are strangers to them. They are fully submerged in debts. Even though they try to afford the best possible facilities only thinking about saving their daughter's precious life. Now that her Transplanted Kidney too have undergone failure, her life is being saved by another routine of haemodialysis sessions, which she suffered previously when she was too young. She is adviced a Re-Transplant Surgery to save life and to lead a normal life. Now, her brother who is of my age is willing to donate his kidney, but the family can't afford anymore for her treatment. If the initial Renal Transplant costed them around Rs. Five Lakhs for which they even lost their home, the Re-Transplant Surgery is estimated to cost around Rs. Nine Lakhs today. Also until the Surgery can be successfully accomplished, she needs to meet monthly treatment expenditure of about Rs. Thirty Thousand, of which around Fifteen Thousand is for hospital expenditure and the rest for transportation, food and additional expenditure including medicines which she should take daily. Also if the surgery is successfully accomplished, she needs follow up treatment also, which is again costly. So in an average, it is estimated that she needs at least Rs. Fifteen Lakhs to be back to normal. She got my phone number as I'am a co-ordinator of Blood Donors Kerala, a charitable organisation which undertakes other charities too in addition to Voluntary Blood Donation. Suma, her mother called me one day and was crying so badly that they couldn't afford even one more session of hemodialysis and if anything happens to their daughter, mass suicide of the entire family will be the only solution they see forward. We can't allow that as a progressive society. Athira should live and so should her family. Let's extend an arm of support.
Dr. Vishal Soney