Sanjana and her dad Manoj Raheja
HYDERABAD: Inspired by the work being done by his daughter, 55-year old businessman, Manoj Raheja, joined her in assisting families affected by the second wave of Covid-19.
Together, they have helped about 600 patients so far by arranging for oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ICU beds, blood etc. They even arranged for plasma donors at various hospitals, including getting 17 donors within two hours for a patient from Bokaro.
The duo has now moved on to organising funds for critical patients. “During the peak of the second wave, we worked round-the-clock, making calls and connecting those in need with the required resource persons. Whatever requirements came to us, we fulfilled them. At one point, we were given 40 concentrators by a donor that we distributed for free of cost on rotational basis,” said Manoj Raheja. His daughter, Sanjana Raheja, had been volunteering with some of her colleagues earlier.
In fact, it was during that time they received a distress call from a 17-year-old girl from Bhagalpur district. “She was trying her best to save her father who was suffering from liver cirrhosis and needed a liver transplant that would cost Rs 27 lakh. We got in touch with Sonu Sood Foundation through our references and convinced them to fund a part of the treatment. The remaining amount was arranged by us through family, friends and my daughter’s colleagues,” said the father.
The beneficiary said that the duo came to her as a blessing, since a crowd-funding initiative started earlier had failed to raise any money. “At that point we were ready to sell our house for my father’s treatment. But no one was ready to buy it because of the Covid-19 scenario. No one was even willing to give us a loan on interest. That’s when I started looking for NGOs and eventually got connected with Sanjana and Manoj uncle,” said Shanu Kumari. Her father’s surgery is complete, and he is now recovering at an apartment arranged by the volunteers.
Meanwhile, the father-daughter pair has two more liver transplant patients in the pipeline, who are awaiting funds. “As the second wave is on the wane, we aren’t getting many calls from Covid-19 patients. But since our number has been circulated among many people, other patients — including those in need of a transplant — are reaching out to us. We intend to help as many people as possible. It has now become my passion,” Manoj Raheja said.