Manjunatha's father took treatment for years before the family decided to get ayurvedic treatment for him. It was closer home and everyone felt that Nanjappa suffered less this way. With both brothers working the family felt that their financial situation would soon get better.
But in just two years their carefully built economic sufficiency came to an end. Manjunatha developed a high fever with pain in his hands in legs in June. He was taken to a local doctor and started on a dose of medicines. But when he got much worse in just a week – his brother Hanumantha decided to take him to the 'city' to a better hospital.
Manjunatha was admitted in Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences. His condition deteriorated rapidly and he went into a coma. Though he recovered from the coma, his organs had begun failing and the doctors said that Manjunatha couldn't be saved – giving his family a slim 7% possibility of his survival.
“On Sunday night, the doctors said that he needed a better hospital. They had done all that they could but he was too critical. I took him to two hospitals – only to be told the same thing. But then, I came to Manipal Hospital in Bangalore and they admitted him to the ICU at 3am. Thankfully, treatment worked and he is better now,” Hanumantha explains.
After coming this close to death, Manjunatha's body needs time to recover and restart its activity. He is now out of danger but still needs close monitoring. His condition could become critical once again if the treatment stops. Even after snatching his brother from death, Hanumantha feels helpless to save him because of the family's finances.
“I borrowed Rs 2 lakhs for his treatment but the bill for saving him has become much higher that I can manage. The doctors say we need another 10 lakhs to complete his treatment. I have asked everyone in the village to help – but we have no way to raise that much money in this short time,”he says.
Manjunatha's parents are torn to see their youngest child suffer so much in this young age. “Rushing from one hospital to another, begging them to treat my brother was easier than consoling my mother. She is heartbroken and full of fear that her youngest will not make it,” says a disconsolate Hanumanth.
Every member of the family works as much as their body allows them and in all, they earn Rs 8,000 per month. Medical bills have exhausted all their savings and they have nothing left. They only have each other and saving Manjunatha is their biggest concern.
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