ROURKELA: With each passing day, Monalisa Sahoo is inching closer to death. With both her kidneys damaged, the 22-year-old girl is battling for life.
Parents of the final year degree student are finding it difficult to meet the treatment cost after Monalisa was found to be suffering form the disorder in July this year.
Monalisa’s father Gangadhar Sahoo (57) said it was during their visit to a relative at Sunabeda in Koraput district that they came to know about her life-threatening ailment.
She developed high fever and other complications and was admitted to Koraput District Headquarters Hospital, he said. She was later shifted to Visakha Hospitals & Diagnostics Ltd at Visakhapatnam and discharged on August 1.
Nephrology department of the hospital suggested emergency ‘Hemodialysis’ through left femoral route. During her eight-day stay in the hospital, three more Hemodialysis sessions were conducted. The report advised her family for Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT).
Sahoo, who runs a small shop adjacent to his house at Singhasani slum of Golghar at Sector-5, is leaving no stone unturned to cure his daughter. But, with a meagre income he has the burden of taking care of four members of his family.
Sahoo said the hospital bills at Visakhapatnam, excluding medicines, were `2.77 lakh and in total he has exhausted about `3.5 lakh. Dialysis is conducted twice a week which costs `12,000 a month, this excludes the cost of her medicines of `1,000 and food and vitamin supplements of `2,000. Sahoo said, “I used to manage with financial support from relatives and personal borrowings. Now, all doors are closing and I don’t know what future awaits Monalisa.”
The Sahoo’s can be contacted on - 83429-39634.