“Money can buy a house but not a family”
I had heard this countless times however the only best example I had for this proverb was my family. Even with limited resources, we always wore a smile on our faces. Despite the several hardships my dad never complained and we were simply happy to be with each other. However, today my father lies in a hospital bed struggling to live. We will not only lose our major bread-earner but also the source of our smiles unless you help us.
Anil Kala, my dad, is someone who is rarely seen with a frown. Tremendously hardworking, he has taught us how you can navigate the toughest of times, through sheer will power. It hurts me terribly to see him lie down in a lifeless state on a hospital bed.
For several years, he worked as a van driver to pick up and drop off school children. With such a friendly demeanor even the parents of the kids trusted him completely. For more than 20 years he worked to provide for his family of a wife and three children. Even with a meager income, he tried his best to give me and my two younger sisters a good education. Which is why he was overjoyed when I got a job recently even though it was for Rs 10,000 per month. He really wanted to provide a better life for his family. So, after living in a congested street of Paharganj for all his life, we had recently managed to shift into a better locality.
Three days ago a terrible calamity struck our happy household. Dad suddenly started facing difficulty in breathing. Immediately, we called an ambulance and rushed him to the nearest local hospital. At the hospital, we found out that he had suffered a massive cardiac arrest. In a very short time span, he had woken up and had become unconscious again. The doctors had tried to revive him twice and recommended that he be shifted to a hospital with better facilities and provisions. Currently, he is in the ICU of Akash Superpeciality Hospital, Dwarka where he needs constant medical care and attention. He is struggling with an unstable blood pressure and blood infection due to a previous thyroid condition, and the doctors have given us a 50-50 prognosis at this time.
Ever since the lockdown started in March, dad’s earning has been stopped completely as the schools aren’t functioning anymore. We were somehow getting by with the little savings we had and the salary of my job. Dad has crossed the age of 60 now and needs multiple medications. He refuses to take care of himself because he has become so habituated to putting others first. Turns out, one of his arteries was completely blocked when he suffered the stroke. He has been suffering from a thyroid issue and had been taking medication for that. Besides he also had an eye operation done a few months back.
The hospital bill has crossed 5 lakhs now and is increasing rapidly. As he continues to be in intensive care, we have been told that at least Rs 8 lakhs will be needed for his complete treatment and hospital stay. Constant medical care in the ICU is the only way we can see our dad survive. Since the last few months, we have been barely surviving on my income of Rs 10,000. Managing the household expenses along with the hospital bills is just impossible for us right now. My youngest sister is just 19 years old and hasn’t even completed her studies yet. My dad always encouraged my sisters to grow up to be whoever they want and be strong independent women. I know that they will be successful but dad needs to be present to see that day.
It is because of dad and his upbringing that I have been able to at least get a job today.
A family waits for him back home but how will he ever be able to see them if he doesn’t receive the necessary treatment. At this stage, we need the help of kind souls like you to get dad the necessary treatment. He can get a second chance at life but only at an exorbitant cost that only you can help us afford.