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Help this 8 year old brave boy from losing his leg to gangrene

Srijal Rai is an 8-year-old boy from Kage Basti, a small village at Pedong in Kalimpong district. The area is quite hard to reach, without any healthcare facility and quite impoverished. His father, Ramesh Rai, works as daily wage laborer in the tea garden there and is considered to be below poverty level. His mother abandoned him when he was just 4 months old. One day, while playing, Srijal fell down. He didn't appear to be badly hurt and got up and resumed playing. A week later, Srijal was down with fever and couldn't stand up. The local Ayurved(alternate medicine) doctor was of the opinion that fever and malnutrition were the cause. Despite being unable to stand up, Srijal managed to drag himself around.  But gradually, he loses all sensation downwards from his lower back and is unable even to sit up. Gangrene had already started to infest the lower part of his body, causing the loss of bowel and bladder control.
Not the one to give up hope, his father, Ramesh Rai took Srijal to the nearest Gramin Hospital(Rural Hospital), from where Srijan was sent to Kalimpong Hospital and later to Uttarbanga Medical College in Siliguri. While Srijan was admitted to each of these hospitals for a week or more, he did not receive any treatment in either.  Stressing on the need for comprehensive treatment (as his situation was getting deteriorated every day) followed by surgery, which cannot be done at Uttarbanga Medical College, the doctors finally asks Mr Rai to take Srijal to SSKM Hospital, Kolkata.
But without any job for months, Mr Rai did not have the means to afford an ambulance, which would bring Srijal to Kolkata. In the couple months it took for Srijal to get a medical recommendation, without any actual treatment, the gangrene had spread extensively. The odour that emanated from his little body was testament enough. It was not possible to travel by train as the co-passengers would not allow such a patient due to the perceived risk of infection.
We, at Mission Arogya, came to know about Srijal’s condition from a local Bengali daily - and started to contact government officials, NGOs etc. Finally, with the help of individuals, government and local NGOs, Srijal reached Kolkata (Calcutta) in January and was finally admitted to the Cold Ward of NRS Medical College as it appeared to be the best place in the city for his treatment. At long last, Srijal's treatment started.
The bad news was that the prolonged delay in treatment had caused Srijal’s condition to turn life threatening. Now, the fight to save his life began. After a long series of tests, it finally came to light that Srijal had hurt his spine when had fallen down. Had he received prompt treatment, he might not have suffered this condition.
A medical team, comprising doctors from Neuro Medicine, Neuro Surgery, Paediatric Medicine, Plastic Surgery and Gastro Surgery was formed. Srijal was given four units of blood and had to undergo Colostomy to enable the lower back area to be properly dressed.  The good news is that over this last month, he is now more or less out of life threatening danger. Now we are getting ready for surgeries and other procedures.
Srijal is not out of the woods yet–he runs a fever between 102 to 104 degrees at all times and tests have revealed severe infections in his blood. Srijal's road to recovery is long and hard. What makes it even more of an uphill task is the huge cost of the surgery, procedures, treatment and rehabilitation Srijal will require for many months going forward. This also means Srijal's father will have to stay with him in Kolkata for the duration of the treatment and rehabilitation, without any means of livelihood.
But Srijal is a brave little boy–when he arrived in NRS in January, we couldn’t bear to witness the pain he was going through, much less imagine his agony. The doctors were not sure if he would survive. Not only did he survive, battling immense pain, he also learned couple of new languages, Hindi and Bengali! Whenever he sees us, his face lights up and he starts to chat–initially it was in Nepali–now, his conversation is interjected with short Hindi and Bengali words learnt from Papia, one of our volunteers responsible for NRS patients. He has also taught Papia few Nepali songs! J
And his father Mr Rai is an example of what extreme situations a parent can go for his child. He is out of work for several months, has exhausted all his savings, and in absence of Srijal’s mother, he is both the mother and the father of the child. We have obtained permission from the hospital authority, so that he can stay with Srijal. He sleeps on the floor next to Srijal’s bed and does double duty as a nurse as we cannot afford private nurse for Srijal.  After traveling so far to an alien metropolitan city (it’s his first visit to Kolkata), tending to Srijal day and night like a mother and an experienced nurse, he is determined not to give up on his son.
Will end this appeal with a small anecdote from yesterday–Due to a renovation work in the Plastic Surgery ward, all patients, including Srijal, were transferred to a small, closed part of the ward. With already soaring temperatures in Kolkata and without any fan, Srijal couldn’t sleep that night, causing his fever to spike.  What was more worrying was the sweat and dust, which caused the wound to degrade. So we bought a table fan for him. Just look at his smile (in the attached picture)! He even started to sing!!! He is such a cheerful boy and so thankful for all these small things!!!
I am sure, we all want to see him smiling like this in the days to come .
Please help this brave little boy and his father–they need you now !!!
MRI Report
MRI Report
dressing going on
dressing going on
MRI Slide
MRI Slide
After 1st treatment - out of danger - Now waiting for surgery
After 1st treatment - out of danger - Now waiting for surgery
ABP Report
ABP Report
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11th July 2017
Was not sure how to provide this news. So copy/pasting verbatim
From Sonu -
Srijal is no more with us ..
Our Kalimpong unit has informed me yesterday evening that during followup they come to know from Srijal relatives about this...
As per Srijal's relative.. Srijal has fever in 23rd night which increase with time and in morning of 24th the things became complicated for and on they way to transport him to hospital he left all of us...
I am confused to react on this news and mixed emotion lead to inform this to you in delay..
Nothing more I can say about this ...
Yes, Srijal, the brave little boy with a contagious smile is no more with us. He had passed away just in a days fever. Due to the unrest in Darjeeling which includes Kalimpong, we haven't been able to collect the exact sequence of event except the above.
But he got completely cured and the doctors mentioned that he can travel back to his home in the hills of North Bengal. And he was so happy to be able to go back home, to play with his friends (though will be in a wheel chair).   We had gone through many troubles to get a reserved ticket for him and his father and uncle - but all these sounds so futile now..
But still his smile, specifically with the red cap, will remain forever etched in our minds .. Let me share those pictures, the day when he was travelling back to Kalimpong.
Will not say "Rest in Peace", as I am sure, you are keeping the angels busy with your mischief and your amazing smile - this world was not worthy of you - dear boy !!
28th May 2017
After a long 5 months battle from January Srijal is ready to go back home. With the really hot summer in Kolkata, it's the right time for a Hill boy to get back to his naturally cool home in the Darjeeling hills of Kalimpong area of North Bengal.  
Currently he  is doing great . The operation was a great success and the gangrene is cured. His legs are out of danger.  The big wounds are drying up. In-fact, some of them are almost gone.
Though he will be in wheel-chair for a while , before he gets back strength in his legs. But he is ready to go back to his home at Kage Basti near Kalimpong.  He will be back in Kolkata three months later for next round of treatment when we hope he will be completely normal.
Our team visited him daily in last few days - Discussed with the doctor and arranged for all those required - such as wheel chair ,  medication, dressings, other supplies (such as colostomy bags)  for next three/four months as well as some nutritional things for few days.
Specifically, need to mention our volunteer, Papia Roy's efforts in these last 5 months - as I write, it's still continuing.
The train ticket (which is for tonight at 10 ) is still not confirmed. but Srijal is having lot of difficulty in staying for a single day more in Kolkata due to extreme heat. Papia contacted the NRS super - convinced her to write out a request for ticket under health quota. Then she contacted railway officials in Sealdah and gone to the headquarter today morning - though it was closed , she is trying to get a ticket in the VIP quota / health quota. Let's hope Srijal, Srijal's father and his uncle's ticket get confirmed for tonight. The list is probably out by now !!! Let's hope for the best.

24th April 2017
Srijal is doing great. .. Again a picture is worth a thousand word ..

As always Srijal is at his best with all his pains and wounds ..
But, more importantly he has got a new friend (the language is not a barrier among a Nepali speaking kid who didn't understood a single Bengali word, just couple months earlier, is best friend with a Bengali speaking kid ... it's only we, the "buro kokha's" (adults) who are creating all the barriers :-( ). Get well soon are the only hope for us.
Here is both them -

Clinically though, he is still having issues with the wound at the back - So unlike, some of our other patients who are back at home - Srijal will need some time to get cured.  But the way it was  (the gangrene was so spread out that, when he arrived in late January, not only us the doctors were not so hopeful) -  comparing to that he is doing really great. Still, the dressings will go on and might be one operation will be required. Also, he and his father being outside from Kolkata, the doctor strongly suggested that they stay back in Kolkata after they get released in a month or so. So that he can be seen by the doctor and continuity of care can be maintained and proper treatment (such as vac bandage) can be done here in Kolkata itself.

It will be impossible to provide such care in the remote village of Kalimpong in North Bengal. (We have experienced first hand , how Priya got cured, by regular checkup and proper bandage etc.) .
As such, we have to arrange for Srijal's stay at-least for 4-5 months in Kolkata, after Srijal is release. Please continue with your generous donation so that we can make this happen, otherwise, all the effort of the doctors will go in vain.


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Anonymous donated US $20
about 1 year ago
Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
about 1 year ago

Sokoler tore sokole amra, protyeke amra porer tore. Sere otho jhotpot.

Sabarna donated Rs.600
about 1 year ago

I'm sure Srijal will get well soon, he is a brave boy and I'm sure he'll run past this brutal hurdle of his life...

Sudeshna donated US $50
about 1 year ago

Wish Srijal a complete recovery soon! Hugs!

Shuchi donated Rs.6,600
over 1 year ago

We pray for his speedy recovery.

Indranil donated Rs.5,000
over 1 year ago