“He is the most passionate photographer you would ever meet. He worked hard to get where he is today. All his dreams were materializing until his world just turned upside down.”
32-year-old Sushmit was completely prepared for the winter and its horde of germs. He was having a fever, cold, cough and breathing trouble that seemed quite harmless until it turned rendered him unconsciousness on the way back to Kolkata back after a visit to the family home. Thankfully, his cousins came to the rescue and rushed him to a hospital in Varanasi where he was diagnosed with a severe heart condition.
“The doctor said that my son’s heart was functioning at a dangerously low efficiency. The ejection fraction was just 24. He was so critical and there was water accumulation in his body. The treatment was not working, and no matter what the doctor tried he was not getting better.”
Sushmit felt like he was fighting death every minute as he could feel his feeble heart pounding to pump blood. He moved back to Kolkata a month later and was hospitalized at Calcutta Medical College. In under 15 days, his heart collapsed.
“The doctors had to continuously shock his heart to revive him. Dr Santanu Guha installed an Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator to keep his heart beating. He needs it to shock his heart. He has had 5 cardiac arrests and needed defibrillation to get it beating again. We cannot afford to lose our son. He has been in the hospital for at least 3 months every year. Just to recover and relive his love for wildlife he goes against all odds on a photography adventure sometimes. In 2012 one of his wildlife photos got published in the National Geographic Gallery. In 2014, he participated in some competitions, clicked few wedding photos only because of he had a strong passion for the same.”
For a while, his family thought Sushmit was getting better. However, in 2016, his condition deteriorated. He had serious breathing trouble, an enlarged heart that is hardly beating. He is now hospitalized at Apollo Hospital and needs a heart transplant within the next month.
“I am not working because this ill heart of mine is keeping me from my passion. My father has been bearing all my medical expenses for over 6 years now and we have run out of all avenues. We are deep in debt. We need almost Rs. 25 Lakhs for this surgery that can save my life, let me get back to living it rather than just existing in pain. I don’t know how to come up with this money. I don’t know who else to ask. Nature has been my friend so far and when that is defying me, I feel helpless.” – Sushmit.
He has aspirations like anyone else. He is talented and can reach for the stars. He is all that this family has got, and you are their only hope in saving him.
The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.
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