Shaibal is 38 years old and is fighting for his life in the CCU (In Apollo Kolkata, West Bengal, India) with ECMO support to treat pneumothorax (full lung collapse) caused by Covid-19.
Shaibal got married one year back. He is a non-smoker and non-drinker and always lived a disciplined and healthy life. He is the only earner in his middle class family.
Shaibal is still on ECMO. His current interim Hospital bill has reached 45.6 Lacs INR (62.9K USD).
Shaibal is still on ECMO. His current interim Hospital bill has reached 40 Lacs INR (54.9K USD). He needs to spend more days on ECMO before he can be put on Ventilator.
ECMO is extremely expensive and available in a very limited number of hospitals in India. ECMO has a huge installation charge. His daily cost is coming 2+ lacs INR and as of now the Apollo hospital bill has reached around 29.33 lacs INR as of May 29. His first two hospital bills were 1.37 lacs INR and 87K INR.
We have uploaded all the bills.
With no end in sight, we understand that he needs more days of machine support and prolonged hospitalization and treatments.
We initiated his COVID test on May 5th. It took the lab 3.5 days to provide the test result. Without the test result no hospital admitted him. On May 8th we admitted him to Park Clinic Kolkata and his CT score came as 20/25. Park Clinic suggested us to shift him to a bigger hospital and mentioned he might need ECMO support. In Kolkata a handful of Hospitals only have ECMO and that also in limited quantity. We could not find any available beds in any such hospital. On May 12 we moved him to Nightingale Hospital (Shakespeare Sarani). His condition was deteriorating every day. On May 14 he was shifted to Apollo Kolkata in hope of better treatment. We got an emergency bed and eventually an ICU bed for him. On May 17 Shaibal was put on Ventilator.
As his conditions continue to degrade, on May 20, he was put on ECMO support and it is continuing. An ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine takes blood from veins, pumps it outside the body, removes CO2, adds O2), and returns it to the body.
Shaibal grew up in a small town - Habra, West Bengal. He works as a Network Engineer in British Telecom, Kolkata. His father is a retired school teacher and 82 years old. Shaibal lost his mother 3 years back after prolonged heart disease treatment, heart surgery and several days of hospitalization. Shaibal loves mountains and photography.
Please keep Shaibal in your Prayers.
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