Adding to their misery, Tarun was tested positive for Covid-19 on 17/9/2020. Within two days Tarun’s condition deteriorated and on 19/9/2020 afternoon he was shifted to Sarvodaya hospital, Hisar in ICU. The very next day he was shifted locally to another hospital (Vardaan hospital) where he remained in ICU on ventilator support for five days.
Failed to improve, Tarun was shifted to higher center at Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka, Delhi. He continued to remain critical in the Covid ICU and received injections like Meropenem, Tocilizumab, Remdesivir, and plasma therapy from recovered Covid patient (Tocilizumab single dose costs Rs. 40000). His oxygen saturation kept on falling even on ventilator machine and he was shifted on ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) which is an artificial lung machine. Initiation cost of this therapy is Rs 5 lakhs and daily maintenance cost is approx. Rs 30000/day.
As of today, both his lungs are completely damaged and doctors at Venkateshwar hospital advised to undergo the very expensive lung transplant procedure which is being done at very few centers in India. Till date family has spent 21 lakhs on Tarun’s treatment and deplenished all their savings. The cost of lung transplant is Rs 35 lakhs rupees. Air lifting to transplant center will cost 10-12 lakhs. Awaiting period for lung transplant is approximately 1 to 1.5 months during which Tarun will remain on ECMO machine under critical care (treatment cost will be around one lakh per day). Postoperative care will require minimum of 15 days which will put an additional cost of 15 lakhs. The total budget excluding amount spent till date will be minimum Rs. 90 lakhs.
Since Mr. Gulshan Kathuria’s family has deplenished all his life savings and there being no source of income for the family, Mr. and Mrs. Kathuria along with Mrs. Shilpa Kathuria (Tarun’s wife) request you to all to kindly come forward and help Tarun to get a lung transplant so that he can live and take care of his family again. Even a smallest contribution will make a big difference. Kindly Help.