In July 2016 Bobby got sick, Sonia was at my front door pleading for help as Bobby had collapsed at home. We called an ambulance and he was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH). He was diagnosed with a large intracranial haemorrhage having bleeding into the brains ventricular system, essentially the fluid builds up in the skull and make the brain swell.
Bobby was transferred to ICU where Sonia was advised he would likely not make it through the night. There doctors were able to relieve the pressure in the skull and Bobby would go on to spend a further 2 months there. During this period Bobby was also treated for a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs, bladder injury, acute renal failure and many more.
The medical staff do an amazing job and are able to stabilise his condition to a point he could exit ICU and return to the care of RMH for a further 3 weeks of rehab before being discharged.
In September 2016 Bobby & Sonia's visa's lapsed and thus their Medicare entitlements.
As a result, Bobby did not carry out any medical follow-up until January 2017. It was noted Bobby's health had very much deteriorated. A further review found a condition in which pus gathers in the are between the lungs and the inner surface of the chest (empyema on lung) and needed a new ICU admission which required chest drainage and more treatment.
The amount of medical conditions he has could fill 5 pages at this point.
Sonia does not have a working visa, and both their visas have lapsed so in the background Sonia has been working tirelessly to get their visa's active to enable Medicare to cover the desperate treatment and medicine Bobby needs. Unfortunately things are going the other way and they're being told they will have to leave. Letter after letter from doctors and other Medical professionals advising he is unfit to travel and if forced to do so it will likely cause his death. If not on the travel, then with the level and cost of the medical treatment in India, as it relies heavily on private hospital treatment.
We have submitted many appeals for Ministerial Intervention which have all been rejected. We are continuing to work within the system and with the kindess of some companies experienced in the matter.
Sonia does not get a break, she has done such an amazing job to keep up at this pace for 18 months, but she's at the end of her tether. They have no way to support themselves so are relying on the kindness of others but treatment and food is expensive so it doesn’t go very far.
All of these events have caused Bobby to go in to a very deep depression, has tried to kill himself on multiple occasions requiring 24/7 care which is also provided to him by his wife Sonia.
The doctors have advised Bobby is unlikely to return to his normal self due to the number of conditions which make full recovery impossible.
They don’t have money for food and medicine let alone clothes and travel. These funds would go towards buying them the essentials everyone deserves for have; food, housing, clean clothes, ability to treatment, etc.
I'm helping where I can but there's only so much I can do and the situation is dire for the two, so I thought I'd give this a try.
Any donation will help, a couple of dollars will pay the train fare she needs to get from A to B etc.
Thanks in advance everyone.
Regards - Mo
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