Facebook Virility and Mother’s Liver brings Student to Life

A unique case wherein social media becomes a life saving channel for a student named Srijani Haldar, who slipped into a coma following the sudden arrival of jaundice. Her liver got irreversibly damaged due to this. Her life saving transplant came in the form of a unique mix of social networking and the family support. On the one hand, her mother donated a portion of her liver and her friends used Facebook to donate Rs. 1.8 million for the procedure.

The life of 20 year old ‘Srijani Halder’, a Kolkata resident and an ordinary college student, went upside down when she was diagnosed with jaundice in the March-end. As her condition started deteriorating, conventional therapies were unable to show any signs of improvement. On 27th May, her parents were astounded when Srijani slipped into coma and an urgent Liver transplant was the only option left.

Her Mother Babita agreed to donate 65 percent of her liver to save her daughter’s life as she was unaware that Liver has the capability of regenerating the donated portion. Besides her mother, her fellow students and teachers launched a massive online campaign via Facebook and end up raising Rs. 1.8 million for her treatment.

I am overwhelmed. Facebook is awesome. I have no words to express [my feelings]. The connection between my mother and me has deepened as she has given me around 900 grams of her liver. She has given me a second life as my family and friends have given me a new life,” Halder, who has taken a year off from her college. I can’t imagine what the situation was like while I was in a coma. All I know is that my family, friends and Facebook fought the battle for me, said Srijani Haldar

We raised around Rs4 lakh but needed the entire amount. The entire cost, including post-operative and pre-operative processes, came close to Rs30 lakh [Rs3 million]. It was her friends who got the momentum going and within the next few days, the money was available. Not only did our relatives and acquaintances chip in, funds flowed in from people who were complete strangers. This is what attracted me the most about Facebook. I am truly grateful, said Anjan, an employee of the Nationalized Bank.

Right now, Srijani Haldar has been advised extreme caution for the next six months to prevent any kind of infection. According to gastroenterologist Mahesh Goenka of Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, who examined and operated on Srijani Haldar, this is a first liver transplant in sensitive settings in Eastern India.

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