Ex-armyman shields son’s life but battles for money

On September 20, as My Medical Mantra reported the good news of Krushna Sadgir, an eight-year-old child of an ex-army man receiving a heart, the family is fighting to collect funds to pay the hospital for Krushna's heart transplant that took place at Fortis Hospital in Mulund yesterday

Ex-Armyman shields son’s life but battles for money

Soldiers and army professionals are generally the one we look up to for our safety. One such retired army man is Ganesh Sadgir, who is currently running from pillar to post to gather funds for his 8-year-old son’s heart transplant surgery that took place yesterday at Fortis Hospital, Mulund.

The heart transplant alone costs 18 lakh rupees. A heart transplant will mean that a person will take immunosuppressant for life, which cost at least Rs 30,000 a month for first six months followed by Rs 15,000 post that, each month.

While Krushna is on ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Ganesh left for their village Akole in the wee hours of Thursday morning to gather funds.

“Krushna’s surgery is over but, we are now worried on how to foot the hospital bill. We are also worried of the funds that will be required to continue with his treatment, which is as crucial as the surgery was. We have made pamphlets with the plea to help us gather fund. The pamphlets are being distributed in schools and colleges here,” Ganesh told My Medical Mantra. The family is also trying its best to reach out to NGOs.

Ex-Armyman shields son’s life but battles for money

The family’s monthly income is Rs 17, 000. “We are trying as much as we can from wherever possible. My brother retired from the army in November last year after which we realised that Krushna has a heart defect. He gets a pension of Rs 17,000 a month,” said Dada Sadgir, Krushna’s uncle.

Krushna was first diagnosed with an end stage heart disease and advised heart transplant in December 2016. Since then, the family has already spent money in lakhs for his treatment.

“Krushna is better than yesterday but it is very early to say anything at the moment. He is on ventilator and we hope everything goes fine,” said Dr Swati Garekar, senior paediatric cardiologist at Fortis Hospital.

The Sadgirs had admitted Krushna at Military Hospital in Pune to fit a pacemaker- a bridge to the heart transplant on September 7.

After receiving a call from the Fortis hospital informing about a donor heart on Tuesday evening, the family took a discharge and he was transported to Fortis Hospital, Mulund in ambulance.

At 1 pm in the afternoon on Wednesday, the donor heart reached the hospital via green corridor and the surgery was conducted successfully.