For Borivali couple, it is has become a struggle to keep their one-and-half year old son alive after his pancreas- which produce insulin, the crucial substance for keeping a check on the sugar level-were removed and now he had become dependent on daily insulin shots.
Girish Kamble, a pest control worker earns Rs 7,000 per month and daily the family has to spend Rs 7,000 on their son – Pranay’s medicines. “We are in debts because of his treatment. We are now planning to sell our home to clear the debts and continue his treatment,” said Kamble.
While talking to My Medical Mantra, Kamble said Pranay’s tryst with health problem started soon after his birth when he started having stomach bloating problem. “A test at Tata Memorial Hospital revealed that he had tumour in the pancreas. In February, Pranay underwent two major surgeries in two renowned Hospitals in Mumbai. At one hospital, they removed 10% of his pancreas and in the other hospital they removed the entire pancreas,” said Kamble.
Post-surgery, Kamble said there was no improvement in Pranay’s health. “Since he doesn’t have pancreas doctors told that he has no other option but to take insulin shots throughout the life,” he said.
Presently, Pranay is been treated by Dr Rajeev Redkar, paediatric surgeon at Lilavati Hospital.
“80% part of the defective pancreas can be removed and 20% can be saved as we have done surgery like this before. It will help in improving the digestion process. But Pranay’s pancreas has been removed at an early age, so he will have to take insulin shots for the rest of his life. If Pranay would have come to us earlier, then, we could have been able to save his pancreas,” said Dr Redkar.
While, Pranay’s father has received help from Chief Minister’s medical aid fund, his doctor and family has appealed for financial help for his further treatment.
“Every day, Pranay takes medicines that cost around Rs 600. Other than that, injections and the cost of the other medicines go up to six-seven thousand. We are struggling to gather funds for his treatment. The only option left with us is to sell our house to save our son,” said Kamble.
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Girish Madhukar Kamble
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