No matter where you live, healthcare can be incredibly expensive. According to a 2012 study by policy research group The Commonwealth Fund, in the United States alone, around 43 percent of the population (80 million individuals) had purposely avoided receiving any sort of healthcare service or prescription refill due to the costs involved. Around the globe, while those costs may drop significantly, they’re still a heavy burden for families and individuals who have limited means with which to pay those bills. Recovery time suddenly becomes more about figuring out payment plans than actually recovering.
In India, for example, an urgent transplant surgery can run the average family over 30,000 dollars — and in some areas, where up to 80 percent of the population lives on less than a dollar a day, finding a way to cover those costs can be nearly impossible.
That was the case for Swapnil, a dedicated office employee and father of two who desperately needed a liver transplant after being diagnosed with terminal liver failure earlier this year. So when colleague Kevin Hewitt found out about Swapnil’s situation, he started brainstorming and turned to Random Acts for help.
“In India, you need to raise the money by yourself, so [Swapnil] mortgaged his house, borrowed money from friends and family, and raised some extra funds through donations,” Kevin wrote in late August, just after Swapnil’s surgery. “He needed to be off work for three months to recover — with no pay. His wife and two children would have struggled to meet the bills and pay for food, as well as pay for the essential equipment he needed to aid his recovery and return to work as soon as possible to continue providing for his family.”
In order to help Swanpil’s family make ends meet, Kevin requested Random Acts funding to cover the cost of a water purifier (to ensure Swanpil didn’t catch an infection), a microwave (for easier material sterilization), and a dvd/music system to help keep him entertained during his lonely isolation period.
“With Random Acts’ support I was able to provide some of the items Swanpil and his family needed to aid his recovery period while he was bed-bound,” Kevin explained in his final act report.
Thanks to Kevin and those like him that went out of their way to lend a kind hand, Swanpil was able to focus on getting back to work, rather than worrying over the costs associated with his surgery — and according to Kevin, he’ll soon be back on his feet.
“He’s been told he is progressing very well with his recovery and has been advised they expect him to be able to return to work on 4th November,” Kevin wrote. “He and his family were very grateful for the gesture.”