Consequently, healthcare needs were often overlooked. A few months back, Bablu experienced some diabetes symptoms. He visited a physician, who prescribed a diabetes test. The test would cost 500 rupees, and so, he postponed it to some other day.
On the 29th of April, he developed fever and a sore throat. His oxygen saturation level started dipping a few days later, and he was admitted to a private hospital. There, doctors discovered that his blood sugar levels had crossed 350 mg/dL. For reference, normal blood sugar levels are below 100 mg/dL.
His condition worsened rapidly. He developed blood clots, and his kidneys were affected. On the 10th of May, he was put on ventilator and blood plasma was administered. However, no medical intervention worked, and he died of an acute cardiac arrest on 13th May, a day before his 45th birthday. His family has run up a huge debt paying for his treatment.
He leaves behind 21 year old Tannu, who is in the second year of her diploma in Information Technology; 20 year old Golu, who is in the first year of his diploma in pharmacy, and 14 year old Ashu, who is in class 9.
Even while his father was fighting for his life, Golu had started talking about dropping out of college to support his family.
The family has no savings to fall back upon, no land to sell, no jewellery to pawn. His elder children will be forced to drop out in case we do not help. If each of us contributes what we can, his family will be able to get by till the children complete their education and stand on their own feet. Please help, and please spread the message among your friends and family.