My Son Continues To Fight For Life Not Knowing He Lost His Father

On one hand, I was a grieving widow managing my husband’s funeral, while on the other hand, I had to stay strong for my son and donate a portion of my liver to save him. I could not tell Harsh that he lost his father. Even now he believes that his father is in the hospital ICU, and we are not allowed to see him at risk of infection.

Harsh is 10. He cannot remember happy days of his childhood. Pain dominates his memories, which mainly involve doubling over in stomachache, violent vomiting fits, shuttling between Mumbai and Bengaluru in a critical condition, and waiting for a liver transplant that could save him from it all. Harsh was going to be in 6th standard. Now he does not even think about school. For him, it is all about staying alive. In this race, he even lost his father, and I have not had the courage to tell him.

About 2 years ago, Harsh was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease. His belly was bloating and the pain was too much for him to bear. It was because there was increased copper accumulation in his body, leading to liver damage. He was on medicines for 2 years, and then, the medicines went out of stock.

It was difficult to get these drugs, and online order took 2 months to be delivered. In that time, Harsh’s condition deteriorated exponentially. His liver was damaged beyond repair. Our only option to save him was a liver transplant. My husband, though broken on the inside, stayed strong for us, and worked hard to arrange for funds.

We all kept shuttling between Mumbai and Bangalore because, we could not afford to stay in Bangalore. Santosh was traveling to get all paperwork done. Every day that passed by was one day lost in trying to save Harsh. He kept thinking he was failing Harsh by not having enough money for the treatment. Eventually, this nightmare took my husband’s life with a heart attack.

On one hand, I was a grieving widow managing my husband’s funeral, while on the other hand, I had to stay strong for my son and donate a portion of my liver to save him. I could not tell Harsh that he lost his father. Even now he believes that his father is in the hospital ICU, and we are not allowed to see him at risk of infection.

Liver transplant alone was not enough for Harsh. He needs follow up tests and treatment until he can be free of risks. Until then, we have to stay in Bangalore. After the surgery, he had a hernia. The pain did not end. He is still fighting for his life. This treatment is going to take time. Yet I am living with my son in a sterile room on a rent per day basis, hoping we can go home tomorrow. When tomorrow comes, I hope for another tomorrow.

When friends and family fell short of help, strangers saved my son. I sit here as a widow and mother of a young boy who does not know what is waiting for him. We do not have anything left except the kindness of doctors and people across the Internet. I request you all to help me save my son again, and help us go back home.

Disclaimer: 100% of funds raised will be transferred towards Harsh's treatment. Every contribution will be matched to raise funds faster and help little Harsh. This fundraiser campaign is supported by The Pravin Agarwal Fund.


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22nd January 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all the support that you have shown towards Harsh. Harsh has had a small tube inserted into the transplanted liver which is working very well. This has been done to relieve the biliary blockage which he developed after the transplant of a portion of his mothers liver into him.

This is a rare complication of a liver transplant. In most instances this can be treated without the need for an operation, however Harsh, needs a further operation to correct the problem in his bile duct. When this is done, he can go back to his home and resume his student life.

We hope that he will be able to recover from this soon. He and his Mom eagerly look forward to that day. I on behalf our entire team and the family, acknowledge all you donors have done and are doing in helping this boy return back to full health.

Dr Rajiv Lochan
Senior Consultant HPB
and Liver Transplant Surgeon
Rs.288,514
raised of Rs.400,000 goal

156 Supporters

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Anonymous donated Rs.200
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Goutham donated US $15.87
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Amit donated Rs.2,500
5 months ago

Pray for your speedy recovery and may god give strength to the family in this tough time.

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