Appeal – Medical Assistance for Homai Vajravandi
I, Dilnavaz Cyrus Irani, aged 58, residing at Daruwalla Bldg., B. Block, ground floor, room no 15, south frère bridge, nana chowk, grant road, Mumbai 400 007, am writing this letter requesting for financial aid for the treatment of my Mother, Mrs. Homai Varjavandi. My husband Mr. Cyrus Irani and I have retired long back and we sustain the house through tuitions and our savings. My son, Mr. Mehershan Irani has just completed his B.Sc. in aviation and is looking for a job. My daughter, Jennifer is married, working at TCS and looking after her own household, also paying her personal loan.
My mother, Mrs Homai Vajravandi is 80 years old, has weak skeletal structure and had suffered a right femur fracture earlier, had undergone surgery for a metal ball replacement at Dhanvantri hospital under the supervision of Dr. Telang and at BSES, Andheri (W) in 2009. Recently, the replacement dislocated due to the softness of her bone structure and she was readmitted to BSES Hospital for surgery for correction on 23rd September, 2014. The total cost of the operation for the resurgery of the fracture was Rs. 2.61 Lakh, which we managed to pull out from our savings. We got her home and within days, her health deteriorated and her conscious/voluntary movements stopped. We readmitted her to BSES Hospital on the 14th October, 2014 and after a CT scan, brain cerebral atrophy and periventral ischemic changes were detected. So she was reshifted to Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital for further management as it was the only hospital close to BSES specializing in brain related problems. Further MRI Scans at Kokilaben hospital revealed non haemorrhagic infarcts in the right Anterior Cerebral Artery and Middle Cerebral Artery and mass effect changes in the right lateral ventricle without Midline shift.
She has been kept in the ICU (Bed number 14 on the 3rd floor) at Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital from 15th October 2014 till date. She has been intubated and mechanically ventilated; lately she also has undergone early tracheostomy. Diagnostic tests like Doppler, MRIs, 2D Echo and other routine tests are been used to monitor her status. She has been bed bound for more than 3 weeks now and has suffered bed sores for which she is also receiving treatment. She is stable at the moment with the brain showing improvement, spontaneous movements are seen on her right side and she is maintaining her oxygen levels with the help of the ventilator. Doctors say she is stable, showing signs of improvement but she has to be kept in ICU till she can maintain her vitals on her own. Dr. Annu Agarwal is handling her case and has specified that she will be soon taken off the ventilator to check whether she can maintain her breathing. Her brain cells need time to completely recover from the infract and atrophy so no one knows for sure how long she will have to be kept in ICU and further hospitalization.
I would like to emphasize that my father, Shahpur Vajravandi, husband of the patient is also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and receiving treatment with regular visits to doctors. The hospitalization costs only for my mother including the surgery at BSES and now the procedures at Kokilaben has gone over 6 lacs and is becoming very difficult for us to manage.
The hospitalization cost currently at Kokilaben Hospital only has amounted to 4.06 Lakh Rupees /- till date. The breakup for the same is as follows.
> Diagnostics – 71342 -/
> Doctor fees – 36000 -/
> Pharmacy – 144123 -/
> Procedures – 23780 -/
> Room Rent – 114000 -/
> Rehabilitation – 17257 -/
This costing above is till the afternoon of 4th of November, 2014. Doctors estimate more days of ICU with intermittent scans and then depending upon her recovery, she will be shifted to the general ward for unknown period of time. She will then receive physiotherapy and checked for response. We do not know how the body will be responding once she is off sedation and brought to consciousness. It goes to see how much of the left handed body functions will be restored.
The post hospitalization medicines and procedures will also cost me sufficiently. Regular checkups for both my parents will also increase my expense besides the medicines. My utmost concern right now is to arrange for enough funds quickly so that the hospital goes on with the due course of treatment. I am still not sure of how many more days of treatment will be there so I cannot point out the actual final figure. As I get further updates on the figure or if the required target is reached, I shall immediately notify everyone for the same.
Dr. Annu Aggarwal can be contacted on the number 9320192277 in case anyone wants to ask & confirm the details of the procedures and tests. One can also contact the Hospital for inpatient details if needed.
Some of my relatives have helped me to pile up the earlier deposit of 3 lacs which I will need to also reimburse as soon as possible. I am thankful to all those who have taken the time out of their busy schedule to read my plea and I request the charitable organizations/trusts to help me out in this dire circumstances. Medical aid is welcome in any means possible, can also be done by cheque in the favour of “KOKILABEN DHIRUBHAI AMBANI HOSPITAL”. Let us know from where the cheque needs to be collected, I or any family member will come personally for the same.
Please let me know if any details or additional information is needed from our side. You can contact us through the following email address and the phone numbers;
Jennifer Irani – 961-903-5296
Dilnavaz Irani – 958-869-2263
I will be willing to help divulge any such information that helps my mother to completely recover.
Mrs. Dilnavaz Cyrus Irani
Courtesy: Hushang Vakil