The heart that failed her41-year-old Kalaivani comes from a very humble home in Kovai, Tamil Nadu. She is a teacher with a 46-year-old husband, Shankar, and two teenage children Sanjay (16) and Akshaya (13). Kalaivani's life had only financial struggles written all over it until she was diagnosed acute pulmonary edema (fluid buildup in the lungs), electrolyte disturbances (causing weakness and dizziness), and cardiogenic shock (where the heart fails to pump enough blood for circulation).
Flying through hospitals for monthsUntil August all was well for this family of four. Suddenly, Kalaivani had spells of dizziness, respiratory trouble, loss of appetite, and palpitations. At this point, Shankar rushed her to the nearest hospital where an examination revealed the problem. Although a scan showed normal coronaries, an ECG performed later showed Ventricular Tachycardia (abnormally fast heartbeat), DC-verted and medically managed. She was then referred to GKNM Hospital, Kovai.
Here, Kalaivani was admitted and treated for the condition. Dialysis was done and she was discharged on 7th November. Since she did not show any signs of improvement, Shankar sought another consult on 8th November at The Madras Medical Mission. After a second evaluation, Kalaivani has been advised Radio Frequency Ablation and Pacemaker as a treatment option. Currently, it is her best chance at managing her condition as it is quite critical and may take a turn for the worse at any time.
Shankar earns just about Rs. 13,000 which barely covers the rent, household expenses, and the children's tuition every month. They could live modestly as Kalaivani was a working woman. Now, as the house is run on a single income, it has been hard on Shankar to pay the bills and cover medical expenses. So far, he has spent Rs. 1,50,000 for Kalaivani's treatment at GKNM hospital, Kovai, and has bills over Rs. 70,000 mounting since the day she was admitted at Madras Medical Mission. The cost estimated to treat Kalaivani's condition is a little over Rs. 6,20,000.
Financial troubles continue
Help this family heal togetherShankar has been on leave to take care of Kalaivani for over a month now. Their family and friends have been helping to the best of their abilities, but everyone comes from a similar economic background. The children are living away from their parents, and currently struggling to prepare for their exams with their mother's health situation on their mind.
Kalaivani's daughter did not celebrate her birthday on Nov 29th hoping it would save money for her mother's treatment.
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