Apurba is a tuition teacher in a small town near Kolkata. Married 4 years ago, he and his wife live in a small rented room. Earning Rs. 5000 per month, the couple tries their best to make ends meet. Occasionally, he would earn Rs. 200-300 a day for teaching a topic or so. Those few days, Mukherjee family could afford the luxury of machar jhol ( fish curry) with rice and potatoes. The couple did not have much but were content with their life in the small town of Laltuk in West Bengal.
Today Apurba is 39-year-old and urgently needs a CABG, a procedure to graft his clogged arteries. You will find his wife Aninditha walking across the hallways of Manipal Hospital, Bangalore trying to make sense of those numerous reports and scans. One look at his wife's eyes, you know she is so pained and scared to see her husband on a hospital bed plugged to wires. "They told me Apurba needs surgery. Doctor Sir has assured he can cure him. But he is the sole breadwinner of the family, how can I not worry?"; her eyes well up as she looks at the plastic bag full of reports and scans.
When chest pain was misdiagnosed as routine cough and exhaustion
Apurba complained of frequent chest pain, weakness and fever. The government hospital wrote him off with reasons like cough and cold; a common complaint of among many. But an episode of extreme fever and chest pain brought him to Bangalore earlier this year. After multiple tests, it was confirmed that Apurba has a Severe case of Triple Vessel Coronary Artery Disease, a heart condition causing extensive damage to the the blood flow.
Doctors suggested CABG could completely cure him. It was a moment of relief for Apurba and his family to know that what was labelled as "routine exhaustion" had a fix. But the thought of a surgery petrified him, and so did its cost.
Apurba is the sole breadwinner of the family
The cost of the surgery is 3.62 lakhs. The couple survives on Apurba’s monthly earnings of Rs.5000. But with his current health condition, the income has stopped. They had already loaned 30,000 from a money lender while leaving for Bangalore. The piling interest of that amount worries Apurba and his wife. The couple is helpless and sees no way to arrange funds for the surgery.
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