In 2002, Baskar was diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the liver after an UTI, ultrasound and several blood tests in India. All these tests were carried out to rule out the cause but unfortunately the etiology still remained unknown.
Since that time, he was treated symptomatically. Upon an OGD assessment, doctors found some oesophageal varices and banding was done empirically. He moved to Bahrain to pursue a new career in November 2003, with me and our son. From that time till 2019, he bled a few times and banding was done 4-6 times.
From 2018, he was deteriorating gradually with pedal edema but did not have any other symptoms. Since our son was approaching 16 years of age, we decided as a family to move to New Zealand not only to give a better education to our son but for me to pursue my career as a nurse and for us to live together as a family.
I was the primary candidate and so moved to NZ on March 2019 and got enrolled in a bridging programme to get myself qualified as a Registered nurse and started working from July 2019 and applied for a visa for my family to join me. I was shocked to learn from the NZ Immigration that Baskar would not be granted a visa due to the prognosis of his disease. I was able to bring my son for his education in January 2020 and he is now enrolled in NZ school. Bhaskar also returned to India but was not able to work due to his illness. I am the sole breadwinner for our family.
In January 2020, Bhaskar fell critically ill and was admitted to ICU with Hepatic encephalopathy. From then on, his disease prognosis became severe with ascites and other complications for which abdominal tapping had to be done at regular intervals and recently albumin transfusions. Doctors confirmed the only solution is to have a complete liver transplant for which he has already registered and is waiting for a donor. The sad part is I and our son are not able to visit him in India due to Covid restrictions and issues of coming back to NZ for work visa holders.
Baskar is going through a lot of physical and emotional challenges without his immediate family and the cost associated with his treatments. Each time he goes for tapping and albumin infusion they cost around 30 thousand Indian Rupees. The cost of liver transplant is around 25 lakh rupees. This does not include expenses for immunosuppressant drugs, blood tests and hospitalisation.
I believe nothing is impossible with God and hope Baskar will find a liver soon to get better.
I humbly request you to kindly help him.