Kottayam: Dr Lal Antony and Dr Sreeja met each other when they were medical students and got married. However, their happy life didn’t last long. Five years ago, Dr Lal was diagnosed with liver disease. Doctors said that liver transplantation was the only solution.
His wife came forward to donate her liver to her husband. But, destiny played just opposite. Since his wife Dr Sreeja’s liver has more bile ducts, it was not possible for a transplant it. Having no idea of how to settle the problem, the couple is now hopefully waiting for kind hearted people after registering the name in Mrithasanjeevani, Kerala’s organ sharing registry.
Lal Antony, a native of Kudamaloor and Sreeja became friends and fell in love when they were medical students at Kozhikode Medical College. Further, Lal Antony obtained MD from Kozhikode Medical College and Sreeja took MD from Kottayam Medical College.
He was a medical officer at the primary health centre at Panachikkad in Kottayam. Lal who completed his higher studies in community medicine had also worked as Kottayam district programme officer for NHM.
He moved to Panachikkad for facilitating the treatment. Dr Sreeja works at Thrissur General Hospital. Since, she has to take care of Lal and their 5-year-old daughter, Sreeja is on leave.
Lal's liver ailments was confirmed 5 years ago. Further check-up at the Amrita Medical College showed that transplantation was the only way out.
Sreeja's check-up for liver donation showed that transplant may pose a threat to her life. Though, three more people came forward to donate liver, it didn’t match Lal’s body. Since his blood group is B positive, the liver that matches should be either B positive or O positive blood group.
Though, his name was registered in Mrithasanjeevani, it might take a while to get a suitable organ through the organ sharing registry. However, the couple expect someone would come forward to donate.
Their government jobs make them eligible for a loan for treatment. However, they have to find more money for further treatment.