Gautam has needed to make some terrible, heartbreaking choices for his children
Gautam and his wife Moni live in a small village Tamulpur with their two children – Preeti (13) and Gaurang (11). Unfortunately for them, both their children were born with a liver disease. All their lives – every extra rupee earned went into their treatment. But a few months back something happened that made these parents very desperate.
“The doctor told my brother were told that his daughter's illness had affected her brain. Now, she can't eat or speak normally. It will happen to his Gaurang too if he doesn't get a liver transplant immediately. They asked him to save at least one of his children,” says Pabitro, Gautam's brother.
Since that day, Gautam and his wife spend all their waking hours cursing their own inability to save their child. Every time even one of their child vomits, they go to the hospital in Guwahati. When Gaurang cries at having to eat boiled food without oil or salt – they begin crying with him.
The family has managed all these years only thanks to the help their relatives gave them when the children were really sick. They even live in a relative's house not having a place of their own. Their only focus till now has been their children's health and with news of Preeti's condition they wonder what they could have done differently.
Despite years' of treatment, there has been no change in Gaurang's condition
“They are also very tired. I have seen how they have lived all these years. They have not bought themselves anything – all the money is spent on medicines. They live on our relative's charity. My brother is unrecognisable in the man who cries every day seeing his children get sick and unable to eat anything,” Pobitro says.
Despite being on a strict diet, Gaurang still falls sick often. His stomach fills up painfully with water and he vomits anything he eats. The excess bile in his blood causes him severe itching and his body is full os small, thing scabs. His illness is wasting him away.
But even then, it is not too late for Gaurang, he has another month. In that time, his body is still strong enough to take and heal after a transplant. His father Gautam and his uncle Pobitro are willing to donate their on liver to save the children. It is now a matter of time – and how soon funds can be arranged for the procedure.
How you can help
Gautam needs Rs 15 lakhs to get a liver transplant that will save his life and end his suffering. After all that they have been through, his parents really need hope. Your donations will help these parents save their child from a painful end.