Excerpts from the conversation:
Very sad to hear about your wife. When did the ordeal begin?
Tilottimma had been suffering from high blood pressure for many years. Blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney failure. He had both kidneys failed about 5 years ago and is on dialysis 4 times a week. He also suffers from interstitial lung disease for which he was recently admitted to ICU for 25 days. She was on the ventilator. The doctors told us that her condition was serious but she, being a very strong woman, gave up the fight and survived. But now, she has been re-admitted.
Is she responding to treatment? Talking? Recognizing?
She has a long way to go for her recovery but she is a strong-willed woman.
Now what do the doctors say?
Her doctors call her ‘The Iron Lady’ because she survived not once but twice on a ventilator.
How are you managing? Who stays in the hospital at night?
Our two daughters, Malveka and Swetha and son Aishwarya are my wife’s greatest strength and they take good care of her. During the day, children share time with each other. At night, I stay back at the hospital.
Has anyone come forward to help?
My daughter Swetha has approached many of my colleagues in the film industry for their financial help and support – and with their good wishes and blessings, they have helped my wife. Give it a name Juhi Chawla, Dimple Kapadia, Anil Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Bhushan Kumar, Ratan Jain And most importantly Komal Nahta And Salman Khan Helped when my wife underwent dialysis five years ago. I am grateful to all my friends who stood by me financially in my difficult time and best wishes and blessings to my wife
How did financial stress set in?
Some of my films did not do well at the box office, which was a big shock for me financially and career wise. Also the dynamics of the young generation in the industry has completely changed. He prefers to work with corporates, big studios and small directors and technicians – which confuses filmmakers like me. Yet, even at the age of 77, I am very creative; Filmmaking is my passion.
My daughter Swetha has registered with Ketto for my wife’s hospitalization and crowdfunding for further treatment. My family and I thank all those who have donated so far for their contribution in support of my wife and I urge more people to come forward in this difficult time for my wife, my very humble request for all my fans, friends and good. Greetings
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Salman Khan helped me five years ago when my wife started her dialysis. Bhushan Kumar, Dimple Kapadia, Juhi Chawla and many friends from the industry supported me during her last stay in the hospital, which I told you for 25 days at the request of my daughter Swetha.
And during her recent hospitalization?
During her recent hospitalization, Anil Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty came forward. But my wife’s medical expenses are constant and the treatment is very expensive.