Gift of gratitude: Ex-students and colleagues fund teacher’s liver transplant

She has taught at multiple schools in the past, so a lot of people came forward on their own including Puja's ex-colleagues, students and friends. The key was to spread the word as soon as possible to a wide audience .The pre and post-transplant cost will reach up to Rs40 Lakhs, of which her students and family has raised Rs22 Lakhs (approximately) in 14 days. Her family is also trying to pool in money through crowd-funding, majorly through a platform called Impact Guru

Gift of gratitude: Ex-students and colleagues fund teacher's liver transplant

Most of us would remember our favourite teacher and some of us will even be in touch with them. That’s the magic that teachers have in our lives. Teaching is a noble profession. And unmistakably, a one that can never be forgotten!

Thanking our teachers could be a task because they wouldn’t expect or accept much in return, but for Puja Bhatnagar, a school teacher from Delhi, the gratitude of being helped by all her ex-students in her time of need has been unforgettable.

Bhatnagar has been fighting a chronic liver disease for the past 17 years. On further consultation, the illness was detected as end stage liver cirrhosis, which ideally meant that an urgent liver transplant would be mandatory. “The pre and post-transplant cost will reach up to Rs40 Lakhs, of which her students and family has raised Rs22 Lakhs (approximately) in 14 days”, read the appeal on Impact Guru, a crowd-funding site.

“I made a team of friends (coordinators) who are fairly active on their own social networks and gave them small targets to personally connect with at least 20-25 well influenced people each day,” said Anurag Bhatnagar, Puja’s husband.

Gift of gratitude: Ex-students and colleagues fund teacher's liver transplant
Puja Bhatnagar admitted at Max Hospital Delhi

“She is currently very sick. She is affected with liver cirrhosis, for which she needs to undergo a liver transplant,” said Dr. Selva, from the team of doctors treating her at Max Hospital, Delhi.

“She has been teaching in multiple schools, so a lot of people came forward on their own including Puja’s ex-colleagues from various schools, students and friends. The key was to spread the word as soon as possible to the widest audience and that worked,” he added.

The family is trying to pool in money through crowd-funding, majorly through Impact Guru,  “My experience has been absolutely great and totally unexpected as the kind of response we received was beyond our imagination,” said Anurag.

“We are very happy that our platform can help facilitate support from donors and Samaritans world over to causes of medical emergencies like these,” said Khushboo Jain, Co-founder, Impact Guru.