My story began when my child was born. At that time he had a raised bilirubin. On the second day, his bilirubin decreased, and we were told that this would improve and that the baby should continue to be fed by the mother. Our child was discharged and at home the baby continued to have jaundice and a very dark yellow urine. This continued for three months. Suddenly one day we noticed that the child had huge black patches all over his body and he looked scary.
I was a student preparing for my CAT exams at Dehradun when my family suddenly called one day to inform me that my father was being admitted at a hospital in Gorakhpur. I reached home to find my father in a sorry state. He had a swollen stomach, which was understandably very uncomfortable. On making enquiries with Papa’s consultant, I was told he had a chronic liver disease that required further management at a higher center, which was Lucknow. Papa was diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the Liver and was prescribed medication and certain investigations. On followup after 15 days, the reports confirmed that Papa was Hepatitis C positive with a damaged liver and a confirmed need for a Liver Transplant.