Nagpur: Exactly two months ago, Dr Sonali Talreja went to bed feeling a bit feverish. Next morning, the 31-year-old radiologist didn’t open her eyes and was rushed to a private hospital in Nashik, 160 kms from her marital home in Chalisgaon. She was put on ventilator and continued to battle for life the next 12 days.
Investigations showed she was suffering from dengue encephelatis, a rare disease which occurs as a result of direct infection in the brain and has a poor rate of survival.
Despite having exhausted all his savings in just 12 days at Nashik hospital, her anaesthelogist husband Dr Kunal Talreja didn’t give up and decided to shift her treatment at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.
Dr Kunal’s hope of seeing his wife through and recover from the deadly disease now faces the impeding challenge of a financial crisis.
The 33-year-old anaesthelogist, who served as Covid warrior offering free service at local hospitals in Chalisgaon through the Indian Medical Association, has initiated crowd funding to take care of Dr Sonali’s rehabilitation as she has started showing signs of remarkable improvement at the Mumbai hospital.
The campaign through milaap.org has facilitated Rs5.37lakh from 201 supporters in last 15 days. “Even if someone can’t donate, they can at least forward my post for help to some of their contacts,” appealed Dr Kunal.
Recalling the ordeal, Dr Kunal said, “On October 23, she had the first episode of fever and remained unconscious. Till November 12, we incurred a whopping bill of Rs12.75 lakh at Nashik where doctors asked us to take her home as she wasn’t responding to treatment even though she was out of coma. Of this, Rs10lakh was covered in insurance. At Mumbai, she has been admitted in ICU and needs neuro-rehabilitation. So far, the 8-week programme has cost us Rs 12lakh while we are short of Rs20 lakh,” he said.
Even as the family was reeling under Dr Sonali’s prolonged hospital stay, Dr Kunal lost his father leaving him further shattered. “Hence, I didn’t bring her back home as there was a further risk of her condition deteriorating.”
Showing promise, Dr Sonali occasionally smiles and cries but is yet to start speaking. “She is able to swallow too,” said Dr Kunal, adding that he researched online and also spoke to encephalitis survivors from US before opting for the costly rehab programme.
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Those interested in financially supporting can donate at: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-dr-sonali-kunal-talreja?utm_source=whatsapp & utm_medium=fundraisers-footer
or directly to
Kunal Rajendra Talreja
State Bank of India Acc: 20246277156
Branch: Chalisgaon ADB
Phone Pe @ 9179908339
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