Gopi Needs Your Help! | Milaap
Gopi Needs Your Help!
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Rs.1,27,881
of Rs.6,50,000
42 supporters
  • Tasneem

    Created by

    Tasneem Makda
  • GS

    This fundraiser will benefit

    Gopi Shankar Madurai

    from Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu

Gopi Shankar Madurai is an Indian equal rights and Indigenous rights activist. Shankar was one of the youngest, and the first openly intersex and genderqueer, candidates to contest in 2016 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election. Shankar is also the founder of Srishti Madurai Student Volunteer Collective. Shankar’s work inspired the Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) to direct the Government of Tamil Nadu to order a ban on forced sex-selective surgeries on intersex infants. In December 2017 Shankar was elected to the Executive board of ILGA Asia. In August 2020 the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment appointed Shankar as the South Regional representative in the National Council for Transgender Persons.

Gopi was diagnosed with Myocardiac Constrictive Pericarditis in July, 2021 and has been advised to undergo Pericardiectomy at the earliest. Constrictive Pericarditis where the pericardium or the layer protecting the heart thickens. This condition can cause a swollen abdomen and can, difficulty in breathing, fatigue and general weakness. The symptoms become severe over a longer duration. Both, the internal and external walls of Gopi’s heart are thick.
The survival period for most people with Constrictive Pericarditis is a 4-5 years post diagnosis. Surgery or pericardiectomy helps cutting a part of the wall or the sac around the heart.

Gopi left home early on in his life. He has no family to tend to him and take care of him. Hence, he will require an attender to tend to his care during the post-operative recovery state.
All funds raised will take of the costs of surgery and pre and post operative care. This includes but is not limited to - medication, accommodation, food and travel expenses, scans and mandatory tests, honorarium for the attender and all of the attender’s expenses.

Gopi is an amazing human and has done phenomenonal work in activism for Intersex and genderqueer people. By helping us raise funds for him, you are helping him fight harder and stronger for the rights of these people.
Help us raise funds for Gopi!

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