My mother, who is just 53 years old, was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). The condition involves irreversible scarring of the lung tissue and eventual failure of the patient's respiratory mechanism. It is a rare but one of the most debilitating medical conditions in the world. IPF is an incurable disease with a poor prognosis. Having said that, she was fortunate to be under the care of exceptional doctors who had managed to keep her disease's progression under check. However, despite the best medical care and consultations, her illness has aggressively progressed to the advanced stage.
Ever since July 2017, her condition has continuously declined and warranted frequent hospitalizations. She has been on 24*7 supplemental oxygen support for almost two years now and in addition to that, she requires respiration assisting machines 10 hours per day. Owing to a steep deterioration in her health coupled with an unconvincing response to the best available medication, her treating doctors have strongly recommended us to to proceed with a lung transplant - the only option left to prolong her life.
Fortunately, Apollo Hospital - Chennai has a fully functional and a fairly experienced lung transplant program. For the recommended transplant, we have to relocate to Chennai and wait for a suitable donor match. This could take several weeks or even months. Following the matching and confirmation of a donor, she will be operated upon and kept under observation in the ICU for however long it takes before being shifted to a recovery ward. The entire duration of pre-op assessment, transplant, post-op care, recovery and rehabilitation is expected to last several months.
An uncomplicated transplant alone is expected to cost upwards of Rs 50,00,000. In the instances of complications, bleeding and rejection, that occur quite often in lung transplant cases, the hospital stay is extended for an indefinite period and the additional expenses could be as high as Rs. 30,00,000.
As per the prevalent practice of the time, my mother was medically insured for Rs 3,50,000 in 1999 when the disease was detected. Therefore, as per the norms of the insurance industry, her insurance coverage has been capped at Rs 3,50,000 for the particular illness since 1999. Since July 2017, multiple hospitalizations, expensive medicines coupled with having to acquire expensive various medical equipment have exhausted my family's savings.
With this backdrop, I urge you to extend your generous support in making this transplant a success. With the financing of the transplant taken care of, my family will have one less reason to worry and we can focus all our efforts in ensuring the best medical care for her.
Please contribute and keep sharing this campaign link with your friends and family to get the word out. I am extremely grateful to all the people who express solidarity and extend help to my family during such a time.