On June 20, Amol Kale met with a serious accident that landed him into a coma, just a week after his wedding. The 23-year-old, who is an agricultural labourer and a law student, was headed for a farm-related work with his young wife on his motor cycle. The incident took place at a small village in Barshi Taluka of Solapur district, when a wild animal came in the way of his vehicle.
Kale suffered a traumatic brain injury called subdural hematoma. When it became life threatening, doctors at Barshi referred him to a specialist in Solapur. The resident of Korfale village has since undergone two major surgeries at Gangamai Hospital, Solapur. The Kale family that comprises farm labourers has incurred expenses of around Rs 3.5 lakh so far. Doctors estimate that he might need around Rs 2 lakh more for his treatment.
Mahesh Nimbalkar, a fellow villager, has gone beyond just expressing empathy Kale. He has started a crowed funding campaign for his treatment. “I did not know Amol before the accident. When I came to know about his poor economic background I decided to start a crowed funding campaign. There are many who even don’t know him have donated and are praying him. The crowdfunding has been able to generate more than Rs 1 lakh till date,” he said. Nimbalkar runs a residential school for tribal students in Solapur.
Anand, Kale’s brother, said, “We are daily wage agricultural laborers and cannot afford the treatment. The civil hospital in Solapur does not have the experts for his treatment. Since the injury was severe we had no option but to provide immediate treatment at a private facility. We are grateful that people who even don’t know us are coming forward and donating for Amol’s treatment.”
Dr S Prabhakar, a neurosurgeon from Gangamai Hospital, said, “The patient is still critical though he is showing some improvement. He will need prolonged treatment. We know that we have to treat him. We are giving our best service even though the patient cannot afford the treatment.”
Nimbalkar has appealed for help for Amol through his Facebook posts. “Even though Amol is an unknown person to you all he is a human being who is pleading for you to show humanness,” says one of his Facebook posts. “I have around 4,500 friends on Facebook and if everyone donates minimum Rs 100, Rs 4.5 lakh can be generated,” he added.
Nimbalkar’s Facebook post has the account details where people can donate for Kale’s treatment.
Interested donors can contribute to account of Kalinda Rajkumar Kale, Bank of Maharashtra, Shivajinagar Barshi Branch.