“He is still a child, our child! He has so much to do in life. He keeps talking about recovering quickly, achieving great things and earning well. All we want is for him to get better and stop suffering!”
20-year-old Ishwar is a student from Maharashtra with big dreams for his future. When he began to suffer from body pain after a hard day of work, Ishwar self-medicated without giving much thought. Unfortunately, it turned out to be much more than fatigue. He has End-stage Chronic Kidney Disease and urgently needs a kidney transplant to survive.
Raju and Sunita, Ishwar’s parents live a very simple life in Ahmednagar doing the best they can for their son and daughter. Raju is an autorickshaw driver and the sole breadwinner for the family making Rs. 300/day. Although they have low income, these parents wanted to educate their children.
“Ishwar enrolled in a diploma course at a local institute, but after two years he began his apprenticeship as he was intent on supporting us and relieved us from the financial pressures. He was always worried about us.”
Every work day would be physically taxing leaving Ishwar with severe body pain. He did not want to shell money on consulting a doctor so he bought over-the-counter medication for pain. By early December 2016, Ishwar fell extremely sick. The parents rushed him to the hospital where a battery of tests revealed that he had End-stage Chronic Kidney Disease.
Ishwar’s kidney was already in a bad shape. Body pain was the first symptom. The medicines exacerbated the existing condition until there came a time when he needed dialysis thrice a week. This is just a temporary treatment option.
Doctors have recommended a kidney transplant at the earliest before his kidney further deteriorates or he begins to suffer from long term side effects of dialysis.
Ishwar’s mother is a compatible donor. All this family wants is to for their son to recover from this dreadful condition. Sunita prays every day for her son to live a long healthy life. She wants to donate her own kidney so he can live. Their friends and family have come forth during the past months to help during this time of need.
So far, Raju has borrowed and pooled close to Rs. 7 lakhs for the surgery. They are deep in debt in addition to depleting their own savings. This family needs Rs. 3 lakhs to get the transplant that can save Ishwar’s life.
“This last year, so many people from our friends and family have helped us. Even strangers and people from our community gave us money so Ishwar could get his dialysis. I don't know who else to ask now for help.”
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