Our colleague, Sathish needs your help to pay off his COVID-related medical bills. Contribute to this fundraiser to do your bit to support him!
K Sathishkumar, 44, has been an indispensable member of BLiSC campus for the past 26 years and tirelessly worked as a Lab Kitchen Supervisor. He has been instrumental in managing lab kitchen staff, its activities, liaising with vendors and technical teams to resolve service requests from lab users. He is usually the campus community’s first point of contact for various research support activities such as washing and sterilization of labware, waste collection, preparation of fly media and TC dishes, supply of gas cylinders and cryogens, cash purchase, moving of lab equipment, responding to helpdesk tickets, etc.
On-campus members of our community might have noticed his absence from SLC FF Lab Kitchen since April, when he came down with COVID-related health complications. On 24th April 2021, he was admitted to Prolife Multispecialty Hospital at Byatarayanapura as his oxygen saturation dropped below 85%. Initial RT-PCR tests to diagnose for COVID-19 were negative, but an HRCT scan confirmed infection in his lungs and was subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia infection. Since he did not formally test positive for COVID-19, he wasn’t assigned a BU number required for BBMP-assisted treatment and hospitalization. Due to this, he had to seek private emergency hospitalization and with great difficulty found a bed at the Prolife Hospital on 24th April. With his hospital bills fast piling up, he sought discharged on 8th May after a 15-day hospital stay. With his oxygen saturation levels still low, he was reliant on an oxygen concentrator till 27th June. He is doing much better now apart from a few minor after effects.
Throughout this entire ordeal, Sathish had to spend a total of INR 5.16 lakhs on his hospital bills and an additional 2 lakhs towards his medications and medical equipment, all out of his own pocket. His family bore these costs majorly through borrowing INR 6 lakhs from private lenders, and hope to receive part of this through his as yet unprocessed health insurance coverage up to INR 2 lakhs (health insurance of outsourced NCBS employees covered by their contractor).
As the sole earning member of his family, Sathish has also been supporting the education of his two sons, Devdhan (14 years, 9th std.) and Puraskruth (11 years, 5th std.), after his wife, Ramya lost her job as a day-care assistant in April 2020. The four of them currently live in a rented accommodation in Judicial Layout.
We would once again request the larger campus community to show their support for this cause and help out a colleague in times of need! All funds raised through this initiative will be directly transferred to Mr. Sathish’s account. No contribution is too small and we thank you for caring!