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Your help can save life – and thereby, a family

Over half the patients who come to the K.E.M.Hospital, Pune, are from the poor and middle class strata of society.  For them medical treatment, especially hospitalization, can be a devastating financial burden.  The hospital tries to help by giving concessions or, occasionally, by waiving the charges.  However, the K.E.M.Hospital is run by a charitable trust and has its own financial constraints.

The Department of Medical Social Work of the K.E.M. Hospital strives hard to raise funds to help needy patients with essential medicines, orthopedic and surgical appliances, hearing aids, corrective glasses, financial assistance for lifesaving surgery, expensive but urgently required investigations and extra or, at times, even basic nutrition.

Your help is needed

A Tuberculosis patient needs, on an average, Rs.800-1000 per month for 12 to 18 months to become a productive member of society once again.

Some Cancers need no longer be fatal if treated in time.  But chemotherapy is costly and beyond the means of most.  A child who has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma needs Rs.4000 per month for 12 months to recover fully from this form of cancer.  Adults and children who have A.L.L. or A.M.L. types of blood cancer need between Rs.3.5 Lakhs to 4.5 Lakhs, spread over 2 to 3 years, for treatment.

A premature or very low birth weight baby may need lengthy hospitalization and expensive medicines if this precious life is to be saved.  Today, a baby who is just over 1 kg in birth weight can be helped to survive.  But, the medicines alone cost about Rs.1000 per day for a period ranging from 1 month to 2 months.

Renal (Kidney) Failure cases need dialysis which costs Rs.1,40,000 for one year dialysis per patient.  Rs.1.80 Lakhs is needed for a kidney transplant.  After the transplant, medicines ranging from Rs.8000 to 9000 a month have to be taken for the first 6 months.

Drugs required for a seriously ill patient in the Intensive Care Unit, often an emergency admission, may cost approximately Rs.5000 to 10000 per day for several days. In the Pediatric (Children’s) ICU, medicines could cost Rs.1000 per day.

For Cardiac Surgeries the amount needed is Rs.50000 to 2.5 Lakhs depending on the type of surgery.

Conditions like GuillainBarre Syndrome, the onset of which is sudden crippling and life threatening, can respond, almost miraculously, if treated immediately with drugs costing Rs.1.5 Lakhs.

An accident, besides causing sudden disruption in the lives of the entire family, may require several thousands of rupees worth of medicines alone.  For many patients and their families raising these amounts is a distressing and daunting experience.  The family may have to incur debts (which may take years to payoff) or sell whatever little they own to save the life of their dear one.

All contributions large or small, are welcome.Your donation is exempt under section 80 (G) of the Income Tax Act.

Cheques may please be drawn in favour of KEM Hospital Society – Poor Patients’ Fund.  Please also attach the perforated section of this appeal stating the specific purpose for which you would like the donation to be used.

Thank you.