The lockdown has been hard on everyone but it’s especially hard on us who need oxygen cylinders for our day-to-day needs. I need almost 3 litres of oxygen for 15 mins after even simple physical activities like taking bath or even sleeping at night.
Emotionally too, it was difficult at the start of the lockdown. I started growing impatient, irritable. I would get angry and frustrated easily. This started to take a toll on my health as well. Even getting in touch with my doctors became difficult. But then the doctors started checking on me via video calls and it started getting a little better.
But they have also told me that I would need the transplant urgently. We are desperately looking for donors and would require funds as well for that.
You have supported me through the tough time and I can’t thank you enough for that. So, here I am asking for your help again. Please do continue to support me and pray for me.
I'm Dr. Ruchi and I'm raising funds for my treatment. It all started around March-April last year when I started experiencing severe breathlessness. I was pursuing my MDS from Tatyasaheb Kore Dental College in Kohlapur, second year.
Once, I was running to catch a bus and suddenly, I just fainted. That's when I realized something was majorly wrong and I went back to my parents in Mumbai, to get this checked. That's when I was diagnosed with severe pulmonary hypertension. I was on medication and then I went back to my college to pursue my masters when the Kohlapur floods happened. It only made my condition worse and I had to return home when my doctors informed me that my lung pressure was way too high to get treated via medication and I was asked to undergo a lung transplant because there was no other way, no other treatment which would help me recover.
Ruchi, a 27-year-old bright medical student, finished her graduation to become a dentist. She is in the 2nd year of her post-graduation at Tatyasaheb Kore Patil Dental College, Kolhapur. Ruchi, who is competitive and jovial, has many awards for her excellence in her medical studies. Eagerly looking forward to start her own practice after finishing her post-graduation, Ruchi felt that occasionally she had trouble breathing. “
“I was referred to a Pulmonologist at Global Hospital, Mumbai. where I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension. The news came as a shock to us and my mother broke down. I was told that I could not continue my education, and that I may need a dual lung transplant or the condition would put my life at risk,” Ruchi adds.
The family got to know that the condition of the lungs is irreversible and is deteriorating rapidly. The only cure for her condition is a lung transplant which needs to be done as soon as the family can arrange for the funds.
The cost of her surgery, medicines, and post-operative costs would sum up to Rs 50 lakh. Her parents cannot afford the cost of the surgery.
“My father works in an automobile showroom, and has done well enough to provide for my brother, Prathamesh’s, and my education. My father had taken a loan for my post-graduation studies. His income is not much, but he has gone beyond his capacity to raise us well,” she mentions.