“This is the most difficult phase of our lives. In just one day, I saw my active and independent father become completely bedridden. The life he once knew was over in an instant. He’s dependent on us for everything now. We can’t even let him walk around alone because we never know when he’ll collapse. He’s been our strength all these years, it makes me sad to watch him suffer,” says Anahita, Dorab's daughter.
73-Year-Old Dorab was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in August. Since then, life has taken a turn for the worse for him and his family. His daughter, Anahita, single-handedly takes care of him and her younger sister who has a learning disability. Dorab has needed dialysis twice a week since his diagnosis. Regular dialysis keeps him alive.
A diagnosis that changed their livesAnahita (42) clearly recalls the day she found out about her father’s disease. What started as a regular day, turned into one that her family will never forget.
“I was at work when I got a frantic call from my mother. My father was feeling breathless. We rushed him to the hospital and then found out that his kidneys were failing. It was only then that we realized he had a long road filled with pain ahead of him."
Dorab and his wife
Dorab has become extremely weak and his blood pressure is very irregular. His diet is restricted, and he can’t even walk on his own anymore. He is completely dependent on his family now.
With dialysis, Dorab’s condition can improveDorab’s condition will deteriorate without dialysis. He becomes weak, moody and often collapses while walking without support. The disease has damaged both his physical and mental well being. Dorab feels very low on most days. The frequency of his dialysis was increased to thrice a week to keep him going.
“This disease has not only affected him, but the entire family. There are days when I hear my mother crying in her room because she can’t watch him suffer. He can’t even eat his favourite foods anymore. His food is bland and tasteless, and he finds it very difficult to eat it. We’ve started eating the same food as him to show him he’s not alone in this fight. We’re trying our best to keep him positive.”
His daughter has single-handedly supported the family so far, but now needs a helping handAnahita has been the sole breadwinner of the family for years now, working as a quality analyst in a company in Mumbai. After Dorab’s retirement, she has taken on the responsibility of caring for her parents and younger sister.
“My sister couldn’t complete her education because of her disability, and can’t get a job now. My mother is too old to take care of my father alone. I’m trying to balance everything, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to work and take my father to the hospital thrice a week. If I don’t go to work, I’ll lose my job and won’t be able to pay off the loans I’ve taken for his treatment.”
Anahita has spent nearly 4 lakhs on her father’s treatment so far. She has borrowed money from her friends and is now struggling to pay them back. Anahita can’t pay the loan amount and medical bills all on her own anymore.
“I’ve been taking care of everything on my own so far, but now I need help to save my father.”
How You Can HelpDorab needs dialysis at least twice every week. It’s his only chance of survival. His daughter, Anahita, is worried that she won’t be able to save her father if she can’t pay for his treatment. He needs 5 lakhs for dialysis, without which, Dorab won’t make it.
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