Bharatiya Janata Party leader from MP’s Tikamgarh, Harikirishna Gupta has finally got help from a private-run hospital in Bhopal to transplant his liver free of cost.
A year back, Gupta, 49, was detected with cirrhosis– a chronic liver disease. Medical experts say the only treatment is a transplant.
A liver transplant costs between Rs 20 lakh to Rs 30 lakh. Not having fund for the transplant, Gupta’s son, Amit decided to sell a portion of his house for Rs 11 lakh.
Hospital in Delhi refused to accept the scrapped 1,000 and 500-rupees notes
After trying to arrange funds for the liver transplant for more than a year, Amit managed to collect Rs 11 lakh. But when he approached a private hospital in Delhi for the operation, PM Narendra Modi announced to demonetisation high-value banknotes and the hospital refused to accept the scrapped 1,000 and 500-rupees notes.
“We went to Delhi with the amount in early November but by then the Centre scrapped high-value banknotes. We had no idea what to do, how to arrange the new currency of such a huge amount and how to withdraw money in a new city,” Amit told HT. “We lost hope and came back to Bhopal.”
Gupta’s condition deteriorated and the family could not arrange the required money.
After seeing messages for help on social media, a private hospital came to the Gupta family’s rescue.
“Bansal hospital called us and said they are ready to perform the surgery free of cost. I did not even imagine something like this can also happen and someone would offer help this way,” said Amit.
“This was a case from Madhya Pradesh and after looking at the sensitivity of the matter we decided to help,” said DK Verma, chief executive officer at the hospital.
“We approached the Hyderabad-based Yashoda group of hospitals to help us. We are waiting for Gupta’s condition to stabilize first.”