How it all started?
Sushmita was a healthy pregnant woman till she was admitted in Kalimpong Government Hospital on 26 March 2015. A cesarean section (CS) was conducted on 26 March 2015 itself and a daughter was born with weight at birth 2.8 kg. But after CS was conducted, the patient started having continuous vomiting and diarrhea, no urine from third day of delivery, and face and leg were swollen. But such complaints were considered normal for post-delivery patient and were ignored and she was discharged to home on 3 April 2015. On 12th day after CS, she was referred to Siliguri with a suspect of sepsis.
From 6 April 2015 to 17 April 2015 and from 23 April 2015 to 9 May 2015, the patient was admitted in Anandalok Hospital, Siliguri, including treatment in ICU of the hospital for several days. When the patient was bought to Siliguri on 6 April, the doctor diagnosed that she was suffering from both kidney failure, with a blood creatinine level of 15.5 mg/dl (normal level 0.51 – 0.95 mg/dl). On 7th April, it was revealed that the patient is infected with Hepatitis B. On 10th April, the patient was further diagnosed with cardiomyopathy with heart LVEF at 46% (Normal range 55 to 70%).
On 2nd May 2015, kidney biopsy was done, but the patient suffered from Cardio respiratory arrest and had to be resuscitated and intubated on the night itself. On 3rd May 2015, Echocardiography revealed LVEF of 25%, a state of heart failure. The patient cardio function gradually improved, with LVEF of 50% on 16 May 2015. Renal Biopsy, however, suggested a case of Cortical Necrosis, a rare kidney disorder and the doctor suggested that restoring kidney function is no more possible for the patient.
The recovery in 2016/17
Despite suggestion of doctor, it was not possible for us to immediately go for kidney transplant because of financial condition. We had drained all our financial resources and also borrowed for the initial treatment above that cost us around INR 8 lakh, as she had to be treated in private hospital in Siliguri, in ICU for several days and under close supervision of doctors so as to save her life.
The expected cost of monthly medicines and minimum pathology test prescribed for the patient was more than Rs. 19,000 per month. Apart from meeting this through various means, we have been tried our best to manage additional funds, through friends and relatives, but the condition of Sushmita has deteriorated rapidly in last four month and we have already used our savings for dialysis and treatment. In addition, we live in Kalimpong, a small hill town with very limited medical facilities in government hospital. So, any complication means that we need to take Sushmita to Siliguri for treatment in expensive private hospital.
Now we are left with no fund for her kidney transplant and somehow managing her ongoing dialysis and medication costs.
The cost of transplant
We are advised that the cost for kidney transplant will be around INR 1,400,000 to INR 1,700,000. This includes cost for pre-transplant screening, donor matching, surgery, post-surgical care and the first few months medicine. Till the fund is managed for treatment, we also need to ensure that patient receives continuous dialysis and other medication.
Sushmita is a fighter….we want to see her living for us, for our little kid
If my wife is alive today, it is because of her fighting spirit. She has gone through the worse, but still managed to comeback. We thought we are now losing her when she was put into ventilator on 2nd May 2015. But she defied all odds, responded to medications and was shifted back to ICU in 18 hours. She had started living a normal routine, always had a positive outlook towards life and even won second prize in dance competition in local event in January 2018. Her undying spirit is what keeps us hopeful. She wants to live for our little kid, now 3 years old.
But now we need you to help her live. So, please please please support Sushmita for this transplant and help her get a new life. Please contribute online or share my fundraiser on Facebook and Whatsapp by clicking on the links below. Your wishes and support mean everything to us.