"Raju's liver was completely damaged by jaundice. He started retaining water in his abdomen. The doctor said that a liver transplant was the only way and referred us to a hospital in Mumbai. But my husband started getting better and we hoped that the ordeal was over. But we were so wrong. All the pain and discomfort came back, worse than before," said his wife Kuljeet.
Once the family realised the urgency of Raju's situation, they started arranging for the funds. Kuljeet was identified as a perfect match for the donor, and a date for the surgery was decided.
"I sold off all my jewelry and mortgaged whatever little land we had. We took loans from our friends and relatives and somehow collected Rs 19 lakhs. Little did we know that despite everything we went through, life wasn't done beating us down", said Kuljeet.
Raju underwent transplant November 7, 2017, but he is still in the hospital. He had a successful transplant and was expected to get discharged in 10-11. Unfortunately, he developed multiple complications, each more severe than the previous, and his stay kept getting extended.
A Family of Humble Means, And A Child That Misses His FatherKuljeet's husband is the only earning member of the family but because of his deteriorating health, he stopped going to work last year. Raju and Kuljeet have a young 5-year-old son Anmol, who has just started going to school.
"We cannot put his future at risk as well. Anmol is only a kid and doesn't understand the situation. We do our best to hide it all from him, he is wiser that I was at that age. All he says is that he misses his father a lot. He has complete faith that he will return home. He is already making plans for once his father comes home", said Kuljeet.
How Can You Help?Raju hasn't worked for the last one and half years due to his health. His liver transplant, despite being a success, has rendered him unable to move out of the hospital. Post-operative infections have further extended his hospital stay, bringing the estimated hospital bill close to a whopping Rs 45 lakhs.
The family sold off everything of any value to arrange Rs 19 lakhs for transplant. They have no resources left to arrange for the remaining amount. Kuljeet is a home-maker. They have a 5-year-old child and it is getting very hard for them to make ends meet with the hospital bills hanging over their head.
Funds raised through this fundraiser will go towards Raju Singh's treatment.
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