Patna resident waits for a year to get admitted into AIIMS
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Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2011, 16:11
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 home."

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.


First Published: Friday, April 29, 2011, 16:11

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