Today I am sharing you my true story …….
It is rightly said that everyone ‘s life is planned by God. Our family was always considered happy. My husband, myself and my daughter. I used to always thank God for giving me such a beautiful and understanding family. We used to always work together and be co-operative to each other. My husband got a new job and he was out of the town for this job. Once when he was back home in vacation I found that he could not eat as he said his stomach was upset. We thought he was having some digestion problem so went to the family doctor for his advice.We took tablets for more than a week. As his health showed no improvement we hospitalized him at Criticare hospital. There,after 8 to 10 days of continuous testing it was suspected cancer the confirmation came after his biopsy report. We had to discharge him from there as the bill was around 3 lakhs. As his health was only on liquid diet and was on Frecca tube he was shifted to Nanavati hospital. The same test was performed again and the first cycle of chemos started. We took discharge and the bill was around 3 lakhs. The side effect of chemo gave a rise to another problem and he was shifted to I.C.U as he had developed a DVT in his left leg. Here also the bill went around 3 lakhs. From there we took him to Shustrut hospital. Here we were advised to complete 9 cycles of chemos. Each cycle was of 5 days and the cost was around 50,000 without hospitalization. And with hospitalization the cost was 75,000. First 2 cycles were done with hospitalization. The bill of Shushrut hospital was 2 lakhs. Remaining cycles were completed without hospitalization and much of nursing and care. Now the doctor advised radiation as he could not tolerate chemos. He took 25 radiations and the cost went to 2 lakhs. Misery did not end here. Due to the radiation he developed a stricture which had no treatment. We were forced to put a sten for which we paid a bill of 2.5 lakhs. This sten needs to be changed lifelong. The life of the sten is just 6 months to 1 year. During covid 19 he was passing loose motion and was having fever and again was hospitalized as he lost 14 kg. With all the tests he was digonised as obstructive Jaundice and a catheter was placed through operation to remove the extra biles. This too needs to be changed after 6 months and is lifelong. The bill of this hospital went to more than 3 lakhs. Due to the biles the cancer has spread in his stomach which will again require chemos and can be started only after the recovery of Jaundice. The expenses are on rise and just increasing. For eg follow ups, chemos, radiation, day and night nurse which sum to a substantial amount beyond my means. Your support will not only assist in my husband’s treatment but will also help me meet ends with a 10-year-oldchild.
Name: Babita Naresh Sharma
Kotak Mahendra Bank