Dattatreya Sonawane, a resident of Dhule in Maharashtra, served the country as a soldier. During his army days, he bravely tackled enemies but has become weak before a lung disease. Dattatreya is suffering from Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) also known as diffuse parenchymal lung disease (DPLD). According to doctors, performing lung transplant is the only option to save his life. The surgery is likely to cost around Rs 24 lakh. In order to get a donor, he has to register on the organ waiting list. His wife, Vijaya Sonawane, is trying her best to collect money for his transplant.
“Doctors have said that 70 per cent of his lungs are not functioning and lung transplant is needed to be done immediately. He is retired soldier and our expenses were managed through his pension. Now, I am exploring ways to collect this huge amount,” said Vijaya.
Dr Nandkishor Kapadia, head of Heart & Lung Transplant Service at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, has advised to put him immediately on the organ waiting list. “Before Dattatreya’s health further deteriorates, he has to undergo the lung transplant surgery. He is at the stage of terminal respiratory failure and it would be beneficial for him if he undergoes surgery within next three months,” said Dr Kapadia.
In 2002, Dattatreya started facing respiratory problems. He began to cough continuously and experienced problem in breathing as well. Due to which, his stamina reduced and he used to get tired very fast. “At that time, doctor advised him to stay away from pollution and dust,” Vijaya informed.
Dattatreya is lived by his wife and their two children. The elder son is pursuing engineering and his younger son has just sought admission in junior college. “I have informed them about Dattatreya’s condition. At first, they were shocked to hear about this, but, at the same time, they maintained themselves and are now optimistic about his speedy recovery,” Vijaya added.
Known as a modest man in his town, many of Dattatreya’s well-wishers are supporting the family and trying their level best to collect the fund. “He has served the nation and now he needs our help. When his suffering increased, we took him to Pune military hospital where the doctors referred him to Mumbai. After which we admitted him to Kokilaben hospital. We have also approached the state government to seek help from CM’s relief fund,” said Mr Indradas Rayate, a family friend, who works as a schoolteacher.