“I’m thankful for my family. Without their support, I don’t think I would have survived this long. They have already spent lakhs on my treatment. I don’t think even they can afford the cost of my surgery now.”
35-year-old Nitin Kumbhare has been battling End Stage Renal Disease. For months, he has been visiting the hospital thrice a week for dialysis. As the condition is quite critical, he has been advised to go for a more permanent cure. Nitin needs a kidney transplant to save himself from this disease.
The pressure that crept out of nowhere
Back in 2014, Nitin looked into the mirror one day and saw his left eye was bloodshot. When he consulted the doctor, he heard something that shocked him. Nitin’s blood pressure was through the roof. “I never knew I had high BP. They checked, and it was around 220, it would sometimes even be 230.” Due to the high blood pressure, a small vein in his left eye had hemorrhaged.
Subsequently, Nitin went through a panel of blood tests where they discovered abnormal levels of creatinine. The doctor prescribed medicines to control his BP and creatinine while advising Nitin to take care of himself as it had begun to affect his kidneys. “I tried very hard to change my lifestyle and eat healthy. I did everything I could so I could be healthy again.”
When the situation went beyond his control
Unfortunately, in August 2015, Nitin was admitted to the hospital because of elevated creatinine levels that had impaired his kidney functions. “Since then, I have been going for dialysis thrice a week, but it has its own side effects. I have lost weight, I feel weak, and most of all, it puts a great deal of burden on my family.” Dialysis is keeping Nitin alive, it is not a permanent treatment plan. What he needs now is a kidney transplant to put an end to his misery and give him a shot at a healthy life.
Nitin used to work as a cashier in a hotel, earning Rs. 15,000 for the family. His wife, Shubhangi takes care of the household and their two-year-old daughter, Jahnavi, who has a deformity on her left side. He has not been able to go ever since he was diagnosed as the stress affects his blood pressure. They live in a joint family with siblings, aunts, uncles and many other relatives.
So far, in addition to his life savings, family, friends, and colleagues have helped Nitin cover medical expenses. Nitin’s current condition has made it impossible to afford him to afford his daughter's physiotherapy so she can get better as she gets older.
How can you help?
Nitin’s medical expenses have amounted to over Rs. 8 lakh. Having exhausted all sources of financial aid and savings, he now depends on you to fund his renal transplant. His wife has volunteered to donate her kidney to save her husband. She is a perfect match.
In his current situation, without a job and with all his savings and other sources of financial support exhausted, it is impossible for Nitin to afford the transplant. Your support can help Nitin stay alive.