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Friends chip in for boy with kidney ailment

Five college students have got together to raise money for a friend who needs a kidney transplant.

Five youths — all final-year undergraduate students from various city colleges — have decided to help Suman Halder (picture right), who is presently in Vellore for treatment.

Suman, a BSc student at Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College, is from Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas. He was born with a single kidney. But he never faced any major health problem till March this year, when he complained of a spot in his left eye.

“It was detected that his kidney had been damaged and that he needed a transplant,” said Ranjana Bhattacharya, Suman’s cousin.

Suman was admitted to a private hospital in Calcutta in late March. He was treated in Calcutta till mid-June, after which his parents took him to Christian Medical College in Vellore. “He is undergoing dialysis thrice a week now and will be operated upon around end-September or early October,” said Ranjana.

According to doctors’ estimates, the transplantation and post-operative treatment would require between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 9.5 lakh. “The transplantation, along medical tests, will cost at least Rs 5.4 lakh. In case some tests are required after the surgery, the cost will go up to Rs 8.5 lakh,” said Ranjana.

Doctors have said that after the surgery, Suman will have to remain under medication for up to a year. “The cost will be around Rs 8,500 per month. For a year, we will need a little more than Rs 1 lakh,” said Ranjana.

Suman’s friends decided to chip in when they found out about the cost of treatment and post-operative care.

“We decided to do something for Suman when we came to know about his illness,” said Subhojit Sinha, a final-year mathematics student from Suman’s college, one of the five raising money. The group has visited several city colleges to raise the amount. “We have managed about Rs 50,000,” said Dhritiman Kanjilal, an economics student.

Suman’s family, too, is trying to raise money but has managed to raise only a fraction of the required amount. “We have raised about Rs 3 lakh, including the amount raised by his friends. We need help,” said Ranjana.

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