Blood cancer patient appeals for euthanasia



Kanpur: Dejected after fighting poverty and blood cancer for the last nine years, a 21-year-old girl has appealed to a local court to either ask the government to bear her medical expenses or allow euthanasia.

The court will hear the plea of Alka Tiwari, a slum dweller from Parmat area here and suffering from aplastic anemia, tomorrow.

"A civil suit has been filed asking the government to bear medical expenses for treatment keeping in view her poor financial condition or allow euthanasia," Alka's lawyer Anand Shankar Jaiswal said.

Alka requires a bone-marrow transplant by next month and her mother's bone-marrow has matched which can be used to save her. However, the surgery would cost approximately Rs 15-20 lakh which the family is unable to afford, he said.

Detected with blood cancer in 2002, she was referred to Mumbai after treatment in Kanpur failed to yield any result.

With the death of Alka's father in 1998, her 25-year-old brother has been earning for the family and incurring her treatment expenses.

PTI