My name is Kunal, I am from Nagpur and currently pursuing a Ph.D. at IIT, Delhi. 25 days ago, life changed in a moment when my mother, Madhavi Shelote, age-56years was diagnosed COVID positive. She was doing fine and everything was going well. Shortly after, 18 days of hospitalization, a bomb blew up: she was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, a serious post-covid complication that involves near-complete lung damage. The diagnosis has shocked me to the core and I find myself completely helpless and devastated.
My mother is a strong-hearted fighter. I can say this because she has already undergone a life-saving brain tumor surgery couple of years ago. We have tried all the possible modes of treatment, only to know that nothing is working in our favor. As the last resort, doctors have suggested ECMO and then lung transplant surgery. For that purpose, she needs to be transferred to Mumbai or Hyderabad via air ambulance where the surgery will be carried out. To be able to provide my mom with this early intervention surgery, the estimated cost conveyed to me is nearly 1-1.5 crores INR as unfortunately, there are very few hospitals in India right now which are willing to perform the surgery. We have arranged an amount of Rs. 10-11 lakhs for the treatment till now and need Rs. 1 to 1.5 crores ( evaluation is done as per the estimate letter given by the concerned hospital ) more to pay for all the ECMO, transplant, prolonged ICU stay, medical expenses and air transportation.
With me belonging to a middle-class family, I am finding myself clueless to tackle this situation. I can’t tell you how many nights I have cried while praying for the strength to keep going and then I look at my mom and she has been fighting and beating every odd put against her so how can I not continue to be even half as strong as her. Over the last few days, her life has drastically become a lot different, yet she is still the most positive person I know. She wakes up with a smile on her face, she is so strong and she is determined not to let this beat her.
I love my mom more than anything else in this world. I have been shown nothing but love from my friends and family and even strangers and I can't explain how much that means. But every time I get asked that question….. “How's your mother doing? Is she getting better?” My heart tears in two because I know she has so much going on and I can't even begin to explain, so I just smile.
The expenses for the treatment (ECMO and Surgery) and the entire process are huge. I have put everything I own at risk to save my mom. But now, I have no resources to pay for her life-saving, expensive treatment. Without this surgery, it's too tough for her. Every single fight my mother has put up against this illness will go in vain.
And this is where you all can help. I’ve started this fundraiser because I need money to access a potentially life-saving lung transplantation surgery for my beautiful mom. I just want to give my mom a chance to live once again, to laugh and enjoy all small and big things with her again. But without the necessary funds,I won't be able to give her the treatment she needs. If you can find it in your heart to donate, to help, and support my mother, I would be so forever grateful. I cannot do this without you!
If you can, please donate to help save her beautiful life, help me beat the odds, and help my mom survive. She has literally so much to give and this can't be the end for her. I am forever grateful for every single penny & every inch of support to help me save my mom.
Please post your good wishes for my mother below, as we all stand around her and support her to fight this incredible fight. I hereby request you once again, from the bottom of my heart, to please contribute as much as you can and help me.
Much love to everyone.