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Delhi: AIIMS offers date in 2018 for brain tumour surgery, family moves HC

The high court Friday issued a notice to AIIMS, the central government and the Delhi government on a petition filed by Meera Devi seeking speedy treatment.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi |
August 13, 2016 4:15:04 am
AIIMS, AIIMS junior doctor dead, AIIMS junior doctor death, junior doctor found dead AIIMS, delhi news, india news During the hearing, the bench observed that AIIMS could utilise the beds reserved for poor people in private hospitals by referring patients to them so that people do not have to wait for long to be treated.

On July 15, Ramjee Singh (42) received a frantic call from his 16-year-old son. Singh’s wife, Meera Devi (40) had fainted in the bathroom and was foaming at the mouth. The couple’s two sons had to break the door to get her out. Singh hurried home from the factory he works in and found his wife unconscious and her body trembling.

The family took her to Safdarjung Hospital, where a CT scan indicated a possible brain tumour. The family then took her to AIIMS for an MRI, but found the waiting time for the free test available for persons from economically weaker sections (EWS) was over two months.

With his wife’s condition worsening, Singh got an MRI done from a private hospital and it confirmed she was suffering from a meningioma that was affecting her brain and spinal cord.

Singh took his wife again to AIIMS for treatment, as he could not afford the surgery and radiotherapy required. To his shock, the staff giving appointments informed him that the closest available date for surgery was in August 2018.

Doctors in the OPD then told him to consider getting treatment in the private ward, where he was told the surgery could be done in December this year, but would cost over Rs 1.25 lakh. Forced into a corner, the family moved the Delhi High Court earlier this week. The high court Friday issued a notice to AIIMS, the central government and the Delhi government on a petition filed by Meera Devi seeking speedy treatment. The court sought the replies by August 24.

During the hearing, the bench observed that AIIMS could utilise the beds reserved for poor people in private hospitals by referring patients to them so that people do not have to wait for long to be treated.

Singh told The Indian Express he had gone to several private hospitals seeking treatment for his wife under the EWS scheme, but had been turned away. “We took her to AIIMS again today after the court hearing because some doctors told us they would help us, but we were turned away again.” His wife is unable to even sit up on her bed without help these days.

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