Until just seven months ago, Vaishnavi was like a normal teenager; energetic, cheerful and with a zeal to live every moment to the fullest. She was a caring daughter to her hard-working parents and a doting sister to her younger siblings. There wasn't a single dull moment when she was around. But, the 12-year-old hasn't been her usual self lately. In March this year, she fell sick and suffered bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. There was a visible swelling in her limbs and even mild physical activity made her tired.
Seeing her in this state, the parents became anxious and frightened, so they got her checked at KEM hospital, Pune, which was 170 km away from their village. The doctors ran a few tests(sonography and blood tests). After studying her reports, the doctors were able to make a prognosis and concluded that Vaishnavi suffered from a serious liver disease. They immediately put her on medication, but cautioned that she may need a liver transplant in case her condition doesn't improve.
In July, unfortunately for the parents, their fear was justified. The doctors at KEM hospital, Pune informed the parents that her liver’s condition has worsened and that a transplant was inevitable. Vaishnavi’s mother was identified as a matching donor and the cost of the surgery and the post-operative care was estimated at Rs. 25 lakh.
Vaishnavi’s father Shivaji Laxman Varpe is a role model for his three children. For them, he is the epitome of commitment. After serving as a constable in the CRPF for 21 years, Shivaji opted to work as a farmer after his retirement. But since July, he is hardly able to earn anything due to unpredictable rains. The only source of income for the household is his pension of Rs. 13000. The amount required for Vaishnavi's treatment is way beyond Shivaji’s reach.
Vaishnavi wanted to become a teacher once she grows up and Shivaji made sure that he left no stone unturned in letting her pursue her dream by providing her a good education. Unfortunately, at this juncture, Shivaji finds himself alone with the responsibility to save his daughter. Having been taught never to quit in the CRPF, he continues to fight this lonesome battle to get his daughter the treatment she requires.
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