Elder siblings almost always have their younger siblings’ back. Same is the case with the Shete siblings from Kolhapur. When Sourabh Shete met with an accident last May and hurt his spine, his elder sister Pranali set all her aspirations aside and made his recovery her life’s only mission.
Pranali has initiated crowdfunding and is seeking help from various organisations to gather funds for Sourabh, who is four years younger to her. “My brother met with a serious accident in May 2016, which caused severe injury to his spinal cord. He has been bedridden since then. Doctors have advised advanced physiotherapy sessions for him. I am trying my best to raise funds for his treatment,” said the 25-year-old.
Sourabh met with the accident during a swimming session in the middle of the summer vacations of his second year of mechanical engineering course. He was rushed to a hospital, where doctors diagnosed he had severely injured his spinal cord. He also suffered pneumonia due to which one of his lungs collapsed. He was then shifted to Bombay Hospital and was discharged after three months. He is at home in Kolhapur now, but has no sensation below his shoulders and cannot move his hands and legs.
The Shetes are doing their best to take care of Sourabh. “My father was not keen on this petition, but agreed on my insistence. We are exhausted mentally, physically and financially. We have been struggling for the past one year and have tried everything possible. This is our last hope. We need funds to carry on physiotherapy and treatment,” Pranali said in the online petition.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra Pranali said, “My father lost his job when Sourabh was hospitalised. My mother is a homemaker, who takes care of him throughout the day. I am working in the private sector, Kolhapur. We need to raise Rs 4 lakh for Sourabh.”
Dr SB Baralay, a Mumbai-based neuro and spinal surgeon, who the family consulted last month, recommended advanced sessions of physiotherapy for Sourabh. “I saw him last month, almost a year after his accident. It takes time to recover in such cases. Proper medical treatment and physiotherapy are necessary for recovery,” he told My Medical Mantra.
“Sourabh’s sister consulted me. In such cases physiotherapy is need of the hour. He has to get proper treatment and physiotherapy sessions,” Dr Ketan Khurjekar, Neuro and Spine Surgeon from Pune.
Pranali said it is Sourabh’s cheerful and positive approach that gives moral support to the family. “He is our source of energy. He hasn’t given up hope for complete recover. He motivates us. Sometimes I feel guilty that we could not give him best treatment. He is a very nice boy. At this point, we need proper medical guidance as much as we need the funds,” she said with a heavy voice.
Anyone who is wants to help Pranali can contact her through her e-mail address – firstname.lastname@example.org