Jacob Martin, who suffered a severe accident which seriously damaged his lungs and liver, has been in hospital since December 28.

Just as former India and Baroda cricketer Jacob Martin was about to be discharged from hospital on Monday, sudden complications have risen and hospital authorities have advised him to remain for another week.

Martin, who suffered a severe accident which seriously damaged his lungs and liver, has been in hospital since December 28. On Monday, his daughters – Udania (5) and Maegan (3) were geared up to welcome up, but as fate had it, that emotional meeting had to be extended for another week.

“My daughters and I were happy that he would be home on Monday but this morning I was told he has developed more complications. He has been put on oxygen,” Martin’s wife Khyati was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror.

Khyati has been frantically making calls to appeal for funds, making surprisingly, her distress call has fallen on deaf years in a cricket-crazy nation.

“There have been odd inquiries, there were even calls from UK and US. Jacob had played in a London league and we were happy that there would be some aid coming my way. But not much help actually,” Khyati said and revealed that there were calls from Mumbai, but none of them fructified. (ALSO READ: Former India and Baroda cricketer Jacob Martin out of ICU after financial assistance)

“I am not blaming anyone, I am pleading with people of this country to make a generous contribution. The hospital bill has overshot the total donation and after yesterday’s deterioration, I will need much more,” she said.

The 46-year-old Martin, who has played 10 ODIs from 1999 to 2001 and guided Baroda to Ranji Trophy victory in the 2000-01 season, has received funds from Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

“Yes, CSK made an immediate contribution, I hope there will be some generous contribution from the corporate houses and cricket fans of commercial captain Mumbai,” Sanjay Patel, the former BCCI secretary said.

However, the money required is much more. The total bill currently stands at Rs 29 lakh and has been rising quite steadily every day. The Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has contributed just about Rs 3 lakh.

As far as Martin’s daughters are concerned, they just cannot wait to see their daddy return home.

“I brought them to the hospital so that they could see their father before anything happened. I was told that the chances of survival are not much last month,” Khyati said. (ALSO READ: Krunal Pandya sends blank cheque to help hospitalised Baroda cricketer Jacob Martin)

“I don’t know how serious the situation is now, I am told it will require another week in hospital because of the fluctuation in the Acute Respiratory Distress System (ARDS) reading and we need some more money for treatment and medicine,” she said.