Fondly called Soumya by friends, a voracious reader and an even more passionate speaker, ever ready with the perfect phrases is presently gasping for breath after speaking just a few words. Once, with an appetite to tear through everyone’s lunch boxes in school, Soumya is struggling to eat half a portion of an entrée today.
In 2019 he suffered from an autoimmune disease called Guillen Barre syndrome, which rendered him paralyzed waist down, progressing to his upper limbs. As he recovered, his eyesight was affected with edema formation in his retina and his condition was diagnosed as Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy. He was subsequently given injections in his retina and laser surgery was performed. It has been a tough ride since then given the fact that he is diabetic and also has hypertension. But more recently, after complaining of extreme fatigue it was revealed that his kidneys are failing. In March 2021, the doctors advised him to undergo a renal transplant on account of chronic kidney disease from prolonged uncontrolled Diabetes.
Soumya dons many hats for his family. He is the only surviving child of his widowed mother. He is also the guardian for his epileptic younger niece and the solid support for his widower brother-in-law, himself a senior citizen. For them, Soumya is the wind beneath their wings, and today he faces an uncertain future on account of his disease. His complicated health situation coupled with additional family responsibilities has taken a toll on him and his finances.
Even with his failing health at the time, Soumya worked tirelessly to provide relief to many during the deadly second Covid wave in India in April-May of 2021. Whether arranging for oxygen cylinders or PPE kits, Soumya risked it all. Now he needs our help.
With his limited resources, bearing the hefty cost 10 Lakhs for his transplant plus ancillary pre and post-operative costs, has become an insurmountable challenge for him. So, it is with humility that his friends and families turn to you and appeal to your generosity to help him.
What will the money be used for?
Soumya's health insurance has run out as a result of his continuing medical problems over the years. Hence, all funds being raised here will go towards meeting the actual costs of the procedure, pre and post care. He will require regular dialysis over the next few months till the transplant is carried out and following the surgery, will require extensive post operative care for several months. The hospital (Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Kolkata, India) has provided the detailed break up of just the cost of surgery (see below), amounting to INR 960,400. Any money raised here will go towards paying this cost, as well as steep pre and post-operative expenses.