Update: Baby Dhrusti’s operation has been successful and she is recovering. Doctors have moved her out of ICCU and the hospital, and daily monitoring her progress. Great thanks to everyone who came forward and offered financial assistance. Special Thanks to my fellows at IndiBlogger forum who contributed financially and prayers.
A friend of mine (Hardik Nagda) is currently facing a crisis in his family with his daughter being diagnosed with Biliary Atresia with liver cirrhosis and is looking for Financial assistance to support the medical expenses.
Biliary atresia, also known as “extrahepatic ductopenia” and “progressive obliterative cholangiopathy” is a congenital or acquired disease of the liver and one of the principal forms of chronic rejection of a transplanted liver allograft. As a birth defect in newborn infants, it has an occurrence of 1/10,000 to 1/15,000 cases in live births in the United States. In the congenital form, the common bile duct between the liver and the small intestineis blocked or absent. The acquired type most often occurs in the setting of autoimmune disease, and is one of the principal forms of chronic rejection of a transplanted liver allograft. (Source: Wikipedia)
Baby Drushti Nagda, has been suffering from Biliary Atresia with liver cirrhosis. She was admitted to Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai when she was just two months old & underwent a major operation called Kasai Surgery.
Unfortunately, the surgery did not help and was termed a failure. Now the baby has last stage liver disease with other complications like ascites (free fluid in stomach), Blood Flow in portal vein is reversed, Persistent Jaundice, Hernia etc.
The only hope for her now is to get a Liver transplantation. My friend Hardik Nagda has been successfully screened to be valid liver donor for Baby Drushti which is by far, the best news for his family in recent times. The plan is to undergo the transplant procedure at the Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bengaluru between 15-20 Feb 2014 .
The total cost of operation would be around INR 15 Lakhs, which includes the cost for “Donor” and “Receiver” surgery. Additionally, there would be an estimated post surgery hospitalization costs are estimated at a further INR 3-4 Lakhs. At present, he was able to manage around 2 lakhs from friends and other family members however he still needs INR 17 Lakhs more.
Hardik is the only breadwinner for the family, and Baby Drushti’s previous hospitalization and surgery has already exhausted his financial resources.