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Renowned Odissi dancer from Assam Is Fighting For Her Life, Family Seeks Support For Treatment

Purabi Baruah of Tezpur, Assam is a renowned Odissi and Satriya dancer who made Assam and India proud in the recent past by representing the country in different national and international platforms. For the last 45 days, this talented artist has been fighting for life. No one imagined that a simple surgery would lead her life in danger. With prayers coming in for Purabi from around the world, her family is hopeful of her recovery but her treatment expenses are increasing and they are struggling to keep her on treatment.

An Injury During A Simple Surgery Led To Multiple Complications

In July, Purabi was operated for an ovarian cyst surgery in the Hayat Hospital, Guwahti, Assam. In this modern era of medical science, this was supposed to be a simple surgery. But fate had something else in store for her.She developed septicaemia (blood poisoning) as her bowel got injured during this surgery. On the 5th day of the first surgery, doctors from the Hayat Hospital confirmed the leakage in her intestine and performed another surgery. But they failed to block the leakage and instead put drainage artificially. During this whole process, her health got deteriorated. She developed multiple organ infection, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and Pneumothorax and also had a major cardiac arrest. The family had to shift her from the Hayat Hospital to the International Hospital, Guwahati, Assam for better treatment and management as per the Hayat Hospital’s recommendation.

Purabi is in the International Hospital, Guwahati, Assam and is on ventilation since August. It has been tough but she refuses to surrender so easily.  Her attitude has infused hope in the minds of her family and well-wishers and the doctors.

An Artist Defined By Dedication and Perfection

Purabi is the daughter of Late Joy Chandra Baruah and Mrs. Nilima Baruah. She is married to Harekrishna Takukdar, Barpeta, a visual artist by profession. She is the first Assamese woman to receive the Dora Research Fellowship to conduct research as a visiting PhD scholar at the University of Tartu, Estonia in 2012. She was pursuing her PhD in Folklore from North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Assam when this incident happened. 
She has been an inspiration to the young generation pursuing Odissi and Satriya dance. It's her passion for dance that is keeping her spirits and making her hold on. She is now on the road to recovery with proper treatment but the financial difficulty is the only factor posing a threat.

Her Husband Refuses To Leave Her Side

Harekrishna, Purabi’s husband, has left no stone unturned to keep her fight and support her treatment. But it has not been easy for him to make ends meet. Since she is admitted to the International Hospital, her medical expenses has been around Rs 45,000 per day. He refuses to stay away from his wife. Purabi needs to be on the ventilator for more days and the hospital has given an another estimate of 9 lakhs for the next 30 days.

Our Support Will SaveThis Renowned Dancer

Purabi needs to be on treatment without any hindrance. She needs to be on the ventilator until her condition improves. She cannot be shifted to any other hospital in this condition. Our help will save this great dancer. Funds raised will go towards managing the hospital expenses.

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