TOI on Feb 20th read “A 17-year-old boy woke up on the way to his funeral in Dharwad's Managundi village, surprising his relatives and villagers who had presumed him dead. He was rushed to a private hospital where his condition is critical.”
A month ago, Kumar Marewad was bitten by a stray dog on his way to work at a construction site. Although the wound was treated and vaccinated, the infection from the bite spread to his body until he slipped into a coma. When the family realized Kumar’s condition was critical and he wouldn’t survive without life support, they decided to discontinue the unaffordable treatment and take him home.
At home, the family noted there was no movement or breathing and presumed he was dead. They made arrangements for his funeral. Two kilometers away from where his last rites were to be performed, Kumar opened his eyes and began thrashing around shocking his relatives. He was immediately rushed to the hospital.
Sharanappa Naikar, Kumar’s brother-in-law has been taking care of the family in these unusual circumstances. “He was treated for the dog bite. The doctor gave him antibiotics. Even after the wound healed, he had trouble during urination and sometimes for a bowel movement. They said he was dehydrated, so we admitted him. We kept shifting hospitals when his condition kept deteriorating. Kumar was in the MICU where he went into a coma. The main doctor in SDM told us it is better to take him home as he will die if we disconnect him from the ventilator.”
Kumar is right now at Suchirayu Hospital in the ICU. He is off the ventilator and improving with normal BP and saturation. He is being treated for meningoencephalitis, an infection caused due to a dog bite.
Ningappa and Manjula, Kumar’s parents are daily wage laborers. They are unable to bear his treatment expenses. Although the family is relieved that their son is alive, their anxiety has worsened by the piling hospital bills.
"Kumar stopped going to school after class IX to support us. He used to work as a construction laborer. His elder brother is physically challenged. We need support for his treatment,” they said to TOI.
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