Health Condition - Rupam was diagnosed with Schwannoma with hydrocephalus (a brain tumour in the vestibular region). As there was fluid accumulation in the brain due to the presence of tumour, she had to undergo a procedure of making a shunt in the brain at the Institute of Neurological Science, Kolkata on 23rd November, 2020. Symptoms like partial facial palsy, dizziness and vomiting persists as the tumor is gradually increasing in size. Rupam has been referred by the neurosurgeon at INS, Kolkata to undergo a Gamma-Knife surgery, a less invasive procedure, in Bengaluru/Delhi/Mumbai as this facility is not available in Kolkata. Therefore, it is imperative that the surgery is conducted as early as possible, before her condition deteriorates.
Financial Condition – Rupam’s husband worked in a private firm post retirement. Almost all of their savings were spent on his treatment during the course of his illness. He passed away in Oct 2020 at the age of 64 years. Since they did not have any medical insurance coverage, the entire expenses had to be covered by the funds that were kept aside for Sashkreek’s higher education. At present, after losing the sole bread earner of the family, without any pension support, Rupam and Sashreek are surviving on their meagre savings and have no financial back-up to support her surgery and postoperative follow up treatment.
The only way forward – The estimated cost for the surgery as per INS Kolkata, is Rs. 2.3 Lakhs approx. Besides this, about Rs. 1.75 lakhs were spent on various tests like MRI, CT Scan, etc and on the first procedure of creating a shunt, which was done with the help of credit from friends and family. Now she has to be moved to Bengaluru where surgery can be undertaken after fresh consultation. This will be additional financial burden on her being outstation. Hence, the total expenditure will definitely be more than Rs. 4 Lakhs.
There is no way for them to pay for these expenses given their current financial state. Time is too precious for Rupam and gradually she is losing hope and strength as her symptoms keep increasing day by day.
How you can help – Support Sashreek and Rupam in their most challenging times by contributing any amount that you deem fit. Your contributions will be utilized in the surgery and post medical follow-up and your kind gesture will be sincerely appreciated by Rupam and her family and shall go a long way.