‘I cannot see my mother die’: UP doctor takes to crowdfunding for mother’s cancer treatment
Dr. Anjali Gupta, a resident of Shaheed Nagar, Agra, has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise Rs.1 crore for the treatment of her ailing mother.
Dr. Gupta is a junior doctor at the eye department in a government-run S N Medical College. She started the campaign to purchase a drug crucial for life-saving immune-mediated chemotherapy for her mother who is suffering from breast cancer.
Anjali’s mother Daya Gupta is suffering from metastatic triple-negative breast cancer and is undergoing treatment at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi. Despite all the four types of chemotherapy tried on her, the cancer is still progressing.
In December 2021, doctors had recommended a four-cycle treatment to Daya that involves a drug named Sacituzumab Govitecan, sold under the brand name Trodelvy.
The drug, which is the last resort to save Daya Gupta’s life is not available in India and has to be imported from the United States. The total cost of the drug is roughly around $30,000 (Rs.23 lakh) for one cycle of immune-mediated chemotherapy and the entire treatment will cost Rs.1 crore.
Dr. Anjali has raised roughly Rs.23.69 lakh in the past 29 days through the crowdfunding website Impact Guru. She still needs over Rs.76 lakh to proceed with the prescribed treatment.
Dr. Anjali Gupta has also requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for help.
Dr. Anjali Gupta told reporters, “I cannot see my mother die. I have served during both the waves of COVID-19 and will do my best to serve society after completing my postgraduation. I request the government and people to help us as my family cannot afford to buy the expensive drug, which is crucial for the treatment of my mother.”
Dr. Gupta’s father owns a chemist shop in Pratapura. Her brother is a website designer in Punjab.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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