CSR and crowdfunding give save an Eight-year-old girl
Amritsar: Corporate social responsibility or CSR and crowdfunding were instrumental in saving the life of Prabhgun, an eight-year-old Gurdaspur native who had been suffering from chronic liver illness since he was four years old. Dr. Jagtesh Singh Sidhu, Prabhgun’s Amritsar doctor, had suggested a liver transplant, but the overwhelming cost of almost Rs 20 lakh proved to be a big roadblock in her search for health, even though she found a donor in her own mother.
Seeing a variety of other doctors didn’t help, and the confinement only contributed to her problems, making her situation worse. Prabhgun needed an immediate liver transplant after suffering for years, prompting her family to visit Aster CMI Hospital in Bangalore, where she received the procedure for Rs 5 lakh instead of the actual cost of Rs 20 lakh.
According to Dr. Sonal Asthana, Lead Consultant – HPB and Liver Transplant Surgery, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore, Prabhgun underwent the transplant as part of Aster’s innovative Affordable Liver Transplant Initiative, which provides children and young adults from poor families with liver transplants at an affordable rate through corporate social responsibility and crowdfunding.
For children with end-stage liver disease, liver transplantation is well-established as a feasible therapy option (ESLD). Unlike other transplants, the only difficult aspect of a liver transplant is the high cost of the procedure,” noted Dr. Asthana.
CSR and crowdfunding
According to Dr. Asthana, innumerable patients in India, like Prabhgun, are unable to receive life-saving surgery owing to a lack of funding.
Prabhgun was doing well and eating normally, according to Dr Ravinder Malhotra, a Saravhit Gastro City specialist who specialises in stomach surgery. He explained that such problems are mostly hereditary and are less likely to be discovered when it comes to her liver trouble.
Prabhgun, on the other hand, was fortunate in that he was diagnosed.
Her family also deserves praise for not denying her care because she was a girl kid, but instead transporting her to Bangalore and contributing financially as much as they could to her surgery. He explained, “The rest was financed through corporate social responsibility and crowdsourcing.”
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