Akhil Das, a 19-year-old young man full of dreams, was brought to the Emergency Department of Believers Church Medical College Hospital (BCMCH) in a critical condition. He was battling septicemia, severe desaturation, and multiple organ failure. Akhil's parents, hardworking farmers who earn their livelihood through cattle farming and coir production, were suddenly faced with a dire situation. Despite their financial challenges, they had always prioritized their children's education.
Life was manageable for the Das family until two weeks ago when Akhil fell seriously ill. He began experiencing fever and vomiting, prompting them to seek medical help at a nearby hospital. Initial medications provided temporary relief, but his condition deteriorated rapidly, necessitating a second trip to the hospital. Concerned by his extremely low oxygen levels and signs of multiple organ damage, he was referred to BCMCH for more advanced care.
Upon his arrival at our Emergency Department, our dedicated team sprang into action to save his life. An important clue from his medical history, involving the use of cow dung as manure, combined with his clinical symptoms, pointed to a potential diagnosis of Leptospirosis-Weil's disease, which was later confirmed through laboratory tests. Akhil's deteriorating condition required ventilator support, and he developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). To meet his oxygen needs, we made the decision to initiate Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) treatment, a costly intervention.
Recognizing the financial burden and Akhil's family's modest means, our compassionate team promptly alerted the hospital management about the urgency of financial aid. Without hesitation, the management decided to continue Akhil's treatment without waiting for funds. Simultaneously, our communications team secured consent from Akhil's father to share his story online, seeking help from the wider community. Thanks to the grace of God and the empathy of countless individuals, the response was heartwarming, with many offering financial support.
As Akhil continued to receive treatment, he responded positively. Our Critical Care and Internal Medicine teams were overjoyed to witness his remarkable progress. People from around the world continued to pray and offer their support. On November 7, 2020, Akhil was transferred from the ICU to the general ward. By November 10, he was back on his feet, in good health, and ready to return home. Through the grace of God, the unwavering commitment of our healthcare team, and, most importantly, the love, concern, and financial support from caring individuals like you, Akhil made a full recovery and was reunited with his family in good health.