“We’ve met after a long time today, I’ve been in Kolkata for almost a month so we decided to catch up. We’ve been friends since we were 3 and grown up together – I used to rag him back in school, but didn’t allow anyone else to. We used to meet every single day! We’re now getting used to living our lives separately because of work. We’re like the two friends from Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety - except both of us don’t even have a girl in sight! I think we’ve taken this bro code too far!”
“We had an arranged marriage – everything was good, we fell in love. I worked at people’s homes & he was a cook – he liked that I was independent. He used to cook for us and do the household chores, treating me as an equal. We were earning enough for our family, we were happy.
Soon we moved to Kolkata for his job in a jute factory, where he had to inhale dust & smoke. We noticed that he was constantly coughing & falling sick. When we showed the doctor, he said that my husband may have TB. We even thought it was pneumonia for a while. No one knew what was wrong.
But everything was put on a back burner when I had to get an operation. The bills, the recovery cost us a lot.
But slowly, he got sicker. And after serving 12 years at the factory, he was forced to quit because he couldn’t cope. So we decided to move to Hyderabad for his treatment – there we found out that his lungs had deteriorated. Since then, he goes everywhere with an oxygen mask.
I’m the sole worker of our house now, I collect TV cables & only get around Rs. 6000 a month – just the medicines he needs are for Rs. 25000. He has to stay in the AC constantly. He also needs a double lung transplant! How will I pay for his treatment?
We’ve asked all our family members. My own family provides us food – his mom takes care of the kids while I go out & work all day. They’re barely 6 years old, but they’ve learned to help their dad with the oxygen tube so that I don’t get more stressed.
But we don’t have anything left to give. I’m not educated – this is the best job I can find for myself. But I don’t know what I’m going to do to save my husband. I’ve never felt this helpless before. I keep showing him that I’m strong….but I’m falling apart. What will I do without him?” --
Mrs. Srinivas Rao is struggling to save her husband’s life. She’s working very hard to save every penny, but can’t get enough for his surgery. They’re dreaming of a happy life together with their children. Let’s come together as a community and help them achieve their dream. Please consider donating AND tagging someone who can donate through the link in the bio.