As a mystery virus spreads its wings in China, it claims yet another victim, a mother of two, an adoring wife, a school teacher- Indian expat, Preeti Maheshwari.
Unaware that she was suffering from streptococcal infection, an air-borne bacteria that spreads through sneezing or coughing, Preeti took her flu like symptoms lightly. But soon, she was in for a rude shock!
Hospitalised on January 11, 2020 (in Shenzhen City, China), after coughing up blood and suffering from flu like symptoms, Preeti and her family were not prepared for the unexpected turn of events in the new year. Preeti is being kept sedated in the ICU and in isolation. Her husband can only look at her through a glass wall-unable to hold her and reassure her that he will do whatever it takes to save her.
Till now, her husband, Anshuman Khowal has already spent about 20 Lakh Chinese Yuan (INR 2,05,47,377.28) on her treatment. The family at least needs another 10 Lakh Chinese Yuan (INR 1 crore+) for her ongoing treatment.
As Anshuman is a businessman settled in China, and he and his wife are still Indian citizens, the family does not have a health insurance cover that can accommodate their medical needs in a foreign country. This is one of the reasons, arranging such a huge amount for Preeti’s treatment has become a concern for the family.
Preeti is for now living on external machines- a ventilator for her lungs, oxygen support to regulate her breathing and dialysis for her kidneys. She has water on her lungs and her liver is also damaged by the fluid accumulation. In other words, Preeti is on live support and critical care. The doctors have put her on a symptomatic treatment for septic shock, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and respiratory failure (Type 1).
The doctors at the hospital have assured that once these symptoms are overcome, Preeti’s body would automatically fight the bacterial infection and recover. Preeti is already responding well to medication and was able to breathe on her own for hours at a stretch. However, the doctors are keeping her sedated so that the body can save its energy and recover at the earliest.
As Preeti is getting the best medical care in China, the magnitude of the expenses cannot be overlooked. Therefore, at this time, the family would value your assistance in keeping Preeti comfortable. Her treatment must continue without any interruption and your benevolent donations can make that happen.
Even if each of us contribute even a small amount to Preeti’s treatment, we can see this daughter of India recuperate.
Preeti’s daughters aged 14 and 8 are waiting with bated breath for their mother’s return. Her husband waits at the hospital, expecting her to regain consciousness soon.
Preeti’s will surely be on the mend because she is much loved by her community, friends and family in India and in China. They are organizing prayer meetings for her quick recovery everywhere.
But, this brave woman also needs your donations along with your prayers to go back home smiling. Give her that chance.
English translated Medical Documents from Shekou Hospital (China)