3 April 2009
By Sameer Ranjan Bakshi & Debi Prasad Sarangi
33–year–old Srinivasa has been in a Bangalore hospital for five years and doesn’t want to leave. The hospital authorities allege that he’s pulling a fast one, but the patient says he is yet to recover
Hundreds of patients have come and gone, most doctors and nurses have changed, but 33–year–old Srinivasa is a permanent fixture of Victoria Hospital. A native of Raichur, Srinivasa was admitted on March 14, 2003, after he suffered burns on his arms and legs while trying to rescue his wife in a fire accident. He has been there since then.
Srinivasa in his hospital bed,
says he can’t even sit up, and
yet is being asked to go
“We have treated and nursed him for five years. Every day, at least Rs 100 is being spent only on his food. It is all free for him. He is alright and needs no further treatment. All that has to be done is rehabilitation. We can also help him by facilitating a crutch for him,” a hospital official said on condition of anonymity.
“Other patients also have demanded the same treatment from us and are not leaving the premises,” said a hospital authority. One source said, “It is because of intervention of the previous Lok Ayukta no one dares to remove him.”
But he says, “They have not treated me properly and I have no political connections. Had there been any, why should I stay in this government hospital in the same bed for five years.”