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Suryakant Jena

Family of a migrant labourer from Odisha who is in a state of induced coma at a hospital in Nagpur, after suffering from the life-threatening hepertensive intracerebral hemorrhage, is making all out efforts to keep him alive.

As per reports, Karunakar Mallick of Dahapania village in Tihidi block of Bhadrak district was suddenly taken ill recently while working at a private company in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Doctors at the Aureus Institute of Medical Sciences in Nagpur where Karunakar was rushed in a critical condition said he had suffered brain stroke due to rupture of intracranial blood vessels on account of hypertension.

Sources at the institute said Karunakar is in a state of induced coma and urgently needs an operation to save life. However, the critical surgery will cost him over Rs 11 lakh.

Back home, his impoverished family is at wits end to gather such huge amount of money in a short time to fund Karunakar’s treatment.

Karunakar's wife has made a desperate appeal over social media to save her family from this unprecedented situation. In a video, she has requested the authorities in the Odisha government and non-governmental organisations to extend a helping hand in financing the costly operation.

"My husband's condition is critical and doctors have made it clear that an urgent operation is needed to save him. Our family is penniless and under such circumstances, our only hope is the government and people who can help us," said Karunakar's wife.

Jyotirmaya Pandab, member of Jibanjyoti Sangathan, a non profit social welfare organisation, said they have galvanised efforts to help the family in distress.

Pandab said, "We are trying to pulling in as much as funds as possible from various sources. The operation will cost a fortune. If he were in Odisha, we could have facilitated more aid towards his treatment. But since he is outside, we will definitely need government help."

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