Bikash Hazarika, 21, resides in a remote village in Assam. His life has been a living hell due to a life-threatening condition that has caused his stomach to bloat to 59 inches.
He is suffering from a rare disease called congestive hepatomegaly; where blood accumulates in the liver due to a heart failure.
Since five years, Hazarika has been able to sleep only in a seated position for one-and-a-half hours at a time.
This problem started five years ago while he was playing football. He initially complained of severe stomach ache, and then suddenly, collapsed to the ground.
Remembering that day, Hazarika says,
It was excruciatingly painful. I could not breathe. I tried everything but the pain did not fade.My mother then took me to a local doctor who prescribed some medicines that did help for some time but the pain was back again.
Three months later, he consulted another doctor who told him that he had suffered a heart attack. He was treated with a pacemaker, but then, just one month later, fluid started collecting in his body, causing his stomach to swell.
Hazarika recalls his treatment,
For three months I suffered frequent breathlessness. I consulted a doctor in a government hospital where they said I had had a heart attack and due to that my heartbeat rate has slowed down.They placed a pacemaker inside my chest to help control the abnormal heartbeats. But one month after the pacemaker was placed, another medical problem arose. Fluid started collecting in my body, and stomach started swelling abnormally.
As his condition got critical, doctors told him that surgery could save his life but it would cost around 60 lakh.
His father being a contractual labour could not provide him with the right treatment, he says,
I barely make 4000 a month. It is impossible for me to make ends meet and feed five stomachs.We have already sold off our home to arrange money for his monthly medicine expenses that come around 500. We cannot do anything else. We have no source to arrange money for his surgery.
Now, his only hope is the Indian Government, Hazarika says,
I wish that government notices my condition and comes forward and offer me a free treatment. I will not just be able to live a normal life but also start playing again and make my country proud. It feels like I am dying a slow death. My life was perfect before. I am losing all hopes of being able to live enough to get a treatment. It is already very late.
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