New Delhi: After a harrowing year long
wait, Murali Prasad Kesari, a resident of Patna was finally
admitted into the AIIMS hospital here.
Kesari claims that he waited on a stretcher inside the
AIIMS premises for one long year until last night when he was
admitted in the hospital.
Hoping to enter Delhi`s premier government-run
speciality hospital for a surgery, Kesari came to AIIMS in
April 2010. Due to the long waiting period in the hospital for
different surgeries, he was not admitted immediately.
Having suffered a fracture in the pelvic region,
Kesari was immediately taken to the Patna Medical College and
Hospital. Unhappy with the treatment there, he came to Delhi
to get his treatment done in AIIMS.
Kesari now in the AB ward of the orthopaedic
department said, "I opted for a treatment at AIIMS because I
was sure doctors would save me. Once my bones are set I will
be able to go back home. It is almost a year I have not been
When investigations were conducted on him here last
night, doctors diagnosed that he was suffering from blood
cancer along with the fracture. He was immediately advised to
undergo a treatment for cancer first.
While he lived on the stretcher, his family lived next
to gate number 1 of the Institute.
"The reason being," Sudama Devi said, "Moving him
frequently with fractured bones was risky. Doctors advised us
for a frequent follow up but since we could afford the travel
expenses we decided to stay back here. We could not afford the
dharamshala charges too."
Kesari did all his work sitting on the stretcher. "He
has his food, he takes his shower and does other daily chores
sitting on this stretcher," Devi said.
All the major departments at AIIMS -- General Surgery,
Gastro-intestinal, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Nephrology,
Cardiac and Neuro -- have long waiting lists for surgery.