“His kidneys are now 100% damaged, and he knows he’s sick. I don’t want him to spend all his time worrying about what will happen to him.” - Puran, father
Varun couldn’t even walk to his class without being in painWhen Varun was 5, Puran and Manju were worried about his growth. He hadn’t grown an inch in one year and was not putting on weight. Tests revealed that his slow growth was due to his kidneys.
“They told us it was 13% damaged and he would need medicines for the next few years to get better. Varun continued going to school. However, in January this year, he couldn’t climb up the three floors to go to his class without being in pain. He was weak all the time, and we had to stop sending him to school.”
Varun’s kidneys have completely failed. He has been on dialysis since February and the only thing that can save him now is a kidney transplant. Manju is a matched donor, but his parents don’t have any means to afford the transplant.
Varun's father has to spend more than his monthly income every week to keep him alivePuran spends almost Rs. 13,000 every week on Varun’s dialysis, checkups and medicines. However, Puran earns only Rs. 9,000 per month as a generator operator in Gurgaon. He has used all his savings to get him treated over the years, and even borrowed from relatives. Manju used to work as domestic help and had to stop working to take care of Varun. Ever since then, they’ve been barely managing to get by with Puran’s income.
Varun knows he’s unwell. Once he even drew a diagram of his kidneys and showed his family what was wrong with him. He’s waiting to get a new kidney so that he can go back to school and do all the things he loves. After spending nearly 3 lakhs and more on his treatment so far, Puran has nothing left.
Varun needs a kidney transplant at the earliest to survive.