Little did Akhil Kalita, a resident of Assam, know after losing his kidney and undergoing transplant surgery with a kidney donated by his mother at PGI in 2006 he would find himself trapped in the same situation again. And, this time, he suffered liver failure. He is now in urgent need of a liver transplant.
According to Dr Deepensh, assistant professor in PGI’s renal transplant department, one of the doctors treating Akhil, organs harvested from a brain dead or deceased person are required for the transplant. “His first transplant failed and the cost of the new operation will be about `7 to 10 lakh for ensuring his long-term survival,”he said.
Once a small time canteen owner in his native place of Nalbari in Assam, Akhil is living with his wife, Pampi, 26, at a temple in Khuda Lohara near PGI. A year ago he was forced to shut down the canteen due to his affliction and arrived in the city last year for treatment at the PGI. The family ran out of funds during his kidney transplant. His wife is solely dependent on donations for paying for treatment and meeting day-to-day expenses as most of her time is taken up in caring for her incapacitated husband. “He isn’t able to walk properly due to which I’ve to be with him most of the time and hence can’t work anywhere. It’s only through donations that we’re able to pay for his dialysis treatment at regular intervals,” she says, adding, “It’s been a year since I met my son in Assam.”
For helping out Akhil Kalita, people can contact him at +91 99155-06938.