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How Cryptocurrency Saved A Life: The Extraordinary Success Story Of Sudip Panja

In 2007, after passing B.Com[IS] (Bachelor of Commerce and Information Systems), Sudip Panja joined a share trading company. Then in 2012, he joined a USA-based company as a Project and Delivery Manager. His bachelor life was going smoothly, and his 7 years old love relationship was at its zenith. In 2013, after the successful journey, it was decided by both the families that the marriage ceremony will be arranged by the end of 2014.

Suddenly that inauspicious day of 23rd May 2014 arrived.

Sudip was returning home from South Kolkata to North Kolkata by train. Due to a mismatch of time, he thought he would miss his next train as his train from South Kolkata had stopped in the middle of the signals. So, he tried to get at the platform by getting down from the train. Unfortunately, his right foot got trapped between the railway tracks. he fell down at the side of the tracks and became unconscious. As it was night, there was no crowd or public and he was there alone in the senseless condition.

Sometime during the night, another train pushed me on his legs. When he came to senses, he realized his lower portion, below the knees, was not moving.

As it was night, he could not see anything but feel excruciating pain. Sudip tried to move but could not. He shouted for help but due to the pain, He again became unconscious. He was there for almost two hours and lost nine bottles of blood from his body. Then, some slum dwellers came to his rescue and informed the GRP.

Next, Railway Protection Force didn’t take the case and transferred Sudip to the local police station. The OC of the police station saw his critical condition and took him to the local govt. hospital in his own car.

After examining Sudip, the doctors first asked him to sign on a bond paper which had two conditions. They said that they have to amputate his limbs to save him. Immediately his friends came and informed his family members. Every time he came to his senses, Sudip said only one this: ” If I live, my legs must be, in any condition my legs must not be an amputated.”

Initially, they heard Sudip’s request and dressed his wounds. The next day his friends brought him to Apollo Hospital, Kolkata.

The treatment started at Apollo Hospital. They treated Sudip for the next seven days as they tried to remove the infection from his legs. The hospital bills had crossed 7.5 lakhs in those seven days.

Sudip is the only son of his parents and his is a lower middle-class family. His father had a small business, and they couldn’t afford the treatment at Apollo. Sudip went to another orthopedic hospital [BORRC] in New Town, Rajarhat-Kolkata. There they completed only open wound healing and skin grafting up to November 2014. But his left knee, left femur bone and right four toes were amputated as there was no recovery. The doctors decided that the right foot must be amputated. Sudip decided, no matter what, he would do that surgery in South India. Then, he went to CMC, Vellore in November 2014.

The doctors started his treatment in a new way. They decided to try arthrodesis with his two bones, femur and tibia, and the operation duration was more than eleven hours. Next, in his left knee, a type of Ilizarov apparatus which is an external fixation was set after surgery. That would help create a new bone in that area after 16 months. But, the density of the bone was not proper, so another external fixator was set and the bone ooze from bone marrow was given to shape the new bone for density. The external fixture was kept for another 8 months. After this, the physiotherapy had started.

For all this, the family couldn’t continue the expenses. Sudip’s father’s business had already stopped as he had to accompany his son to CMC hospital. So, they had to borrow money and sell the property. Gradually, their finances became nil at one time. Some of his close friends, his relatives and some well-wishers helped them recover from that misery.

At the same time, Sudip lost the love of his life, some of his friends, his job and his father’s business. After all, he had lost his willpower to live. His parents’ limitless patience and some of his friends’ enthusiasm brought him back on track.

Sudip tried to contact his old IT clients online from the hospital. He got in touch with one of his friends, who helped him quite a lot. The two tried to work on something new. He had sent Sudip money from which he bought a laptop and started working in a new way. They started receiving the payment from the clients as PayPal dollars, but the charges of PayPal became high. In 2015, a client advised Sudip to receive Bitcoin as a payment method. Gradually, the price of Bitcoin was increasing. Sudip wondered why. One of his US clients suggested him to trade Bitcoins in an exchange which had been established at Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX).

In November 2016, the doctors removed all his external iron metal, and he tried to walk on the field with the help of hand crutches. But, suddenly in Feb 2017, Sudip’s father suffered a heart attack when he was trying to recover.

At that moment Sudip took the help of his friend and another friend in Kolkata. But, what helped him the most was the amount of money he got by selling all his Bitcoins that he had gathered over time. Gradually, Sudip recovered with the help of Bitcoins and became mentally strong. By that time, he had started researching about Bitcoin and Blockchain.

Later on, his friend and he decided to start anew in Kolkata and to begin from zero. It was in the month of June, they rented a room near the hospital where his father used to go for the routine check-up. From there, they started their work. They tried to receive all payments in Bitcoins, and they traded those Bitcoins on the crypto exchange. Within the next six months, he paid back some of the money he had borrowed and planned to buy a new flat in November 2017. In Dec 2017, he still had one external fixture on his right foot. For that, Sudip underwent an operation in March 2018. It was the same time when he bought a new flat.

Now, Sudip’s father’s heart condition is very well, so is his legs’. They are now very happy. Sudip thinks, for any living being, life is the greatest treasure. He also believes destiny is prefixed, and people should never give up on hope.

Sudip got married to the love of his life on January 25, 2019.

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Aabha Singh finds time from her hectic editorial schedule to write finance articles.

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