With Nine Surgeries, A Delhi Woman Fights Von Hippel-Lindau
September 2, 2014
Life cannot be more cruel to Payel Bhattacharya, a patient of Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL), a rare autosomal genetic condition that predisposes individuals to benign and malignant tumors. The 34-year-old, who has already undergone nine surgeries, is still suffering as the tumors continue to spread in her body – and the medical costs spiral.
Bhattacharya, who has three tumors in her brain and several others in her pancreas, has now turned partially blind as the tumours have spread over her eyes.
Bhattacharya, who lives with her widowed mother at Hauz Rani, an urban village in south Delhi, is being supported by her Mumbai-based brother. But her brother’s earnings too are becoming insufficient for her treatment, with her condition deteriorating day by day.
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