Director Shankarling Sugnalli is battling for his life after a severe bout of H1N1 attack. The swine-flu has destroyed the 54-year-old director's lungs and debilitated his body. It has resulted in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. He is being treated at the BGS Hospital and is in need of acute treatment.
His condition has improved a bit after treatment but requires at least thre more weeks of VV ECMO support which his family is unable to afford. He has directed nearly a dozen films including Holi that introduced Ragini Dwivedi to films. His films include Vijaya Kankana starring Ambareesh and Devaraj, Holi starring Ragini, Katheyada Kala, Kadlimatti Station Master and others.
His wife Lalitha Sugnalli in a statement has said, "Throughout his life all he has earned is love and affection in the society.
And as a wife I, Lalitha Sugnalli have always supported his passion for work in films. We have four children and all of them are continuing with their studies. My husband is the only breadwinner of our family. Now since he is bedridden, we are left with no support both morally and financially. The treatment cost for ECMO and daily ICU charges are massive and we are not in a situation to bear whole of it. We are trying to arrange hospital bills in all the possible way we could think of.
The total bill so far already reached 50 lakhs and is still expected to grow higher as long as patient stays in ICU. Our friends and well-wishers are doing their best to support us in this hard time. With their help and selling all our assets, till date we have managed to pay 10,45,000/-. And now we don’t have any option left in front of us than reaching out to all kind hearted fellow friends, colleagues and relatives for seeking financial support in this extreme time. Kindly donate as much as possible to overcome this hard time and save my husband. We just hope and pray for my husband to get well soon and return back to home. Please pass this link to all friends and relatives so that we can get some help.
. 98451 98999."
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