It's been almost 6 years now that 38-year-old Gopal Prasad got to know about his heart problem.
Gopal runs a small paan-shop (selling beetle leaves). He hardly earns enough to provide for his household expenses, besides his medication and his ailing mother. It's been over 6 years now since he came to know of his heart condition. His small income and poor access to proper health facilities caused him to refrain from the idea of a surgery for so long. He had been trying to regulate the condition by medication.
It was a few days back that he got to know he will not survive unless he is operated.He suffers from a rhemutaic heart disease and urgently needs to undergo a valve replacement. They are 1,20,000 rupees short of the required funds for the procedure.
Gopal has no children. Hence, his wife and his old mother have nobody but him.