Yadnya was perfectly healthy baby till he was eight-month-old. At this point, his stomach started swelling and doctors could not give a definitive diagnosis. Now, two- year-old Yadnya is about to undergo liver transplant surgery on July 18 at Apollo Hospital in Mumbai. His mother, Madhura Awar, is donating 30% of her liver to give him a new lease of life.
“Yadnya was 8 months old when his stomach started swelling. In earlier phase, his illness could not be diagnosed. After exhausting of all the options, doctors suggested to do sonography. Then we learnt that there was water retention in his stomach which was putting pressure on his liver and it had swelled badly. Liver transplant was the only option. Yadnya and I share same blood group, so, I am donating my liver and my baby will lead a healthy life,” said Madhura.
There was no difficulty in finding donor for Yadnya, but there were many hurdles in the way for scheduling the surgery. Financial condition posed a major concern in this case. The family had to struggle to collect Rs 16 lakh for the transplant. Rakesh Awar, Yadnya’s father, is the sole bread earner in the family as Madhura could not resume her job after pregnancy. “I left my job when I was pregnant with Yadnya. Before I could resume my job, this happened and taking care of him became my full-time job. He had to be given medicines on time. Also, his routine check-ups had to be done.”
Both, Madhura and Yadnya will have to take complete bed rest for two months post-surgery.
Madhura and Rakesh found their way through hurdles. While Madhura was taking care of Yadnya, Rakesh was trying to collect required amount for the surgery. The family received aid of Rs 2 lakh from Salman Khan’s Being Human organization. Tata trust and Maharashtra CM relief fund also helped the family financially.
“We had already spent Rs 8 lakh on his illness. When doctors told that liver transplant is the only option for him to live and it will require around Rs 16 lakh for the surgery, I didn’t knew what to do. My friends and family gave me courage. Madhura took care of him and I was applying for financial help,” Rakesh said.
On July 18, doctors would perform a liver transplant surgery on Yadnya. Doctors have expressed their optimism for healthy life of Yadnya after the transplant.