NEW DELHI : Struggling between life and death, Dr. Sumit Roychowdhury (MD Anesthesiology and Critical Care, batch July, 2017, AIIMS, New Delhi), one the brightest students of his batch, is suffering from blood cancer, has been waiting for a miracle to happen which could save his life.
He is infected with ‘Hodgkins Lymphoma’ a cancer of lymphatic system where cells grow abnormally and spread throughout the body. The ill-fated doctor visits Tata Medical Hospital, Kolkata, after AIIMS-Delhi many times with his family.
His latest PET scan shows an increase in the size of previous mediastinal tumour and multiple new lesions in the neck. He has not asked for any financial help till date.
But in the next line of management he will need 3/4 cycles of Brentuximab and 6 cycles of Nivolumab, followed by allogenic bone marrow transplantation. The total estimated cost is around Rs 70 lakhs from now on.
Dr Sumit is the only earning member of his family, as his father is no more and his mother is a retired school teacher.
In view of the current situation, Dr Sumit’s family's hopes of keeping him alive are diminishing with each passing day.
The family has appealed with tears in their eyes to the doctors and non-medicos to extend support and save Dr Sumit’s life.
The family said in a statement, “We have seen wonderful example of unity among medicos and non-medicos in recent times for all the right reasons. We are hopeful that the entire medical fraternity will come forward and unanimously contribute to this cause.”