“She was admitted to the hospital on November 29, 2012, with weakness and swelling in the neck. An unknown person admitted her and gave a Hyderabad address. As it was an emergency, we started treatment,” said Dr J Bhawani, deputy medical superintendent, St George Hospital.
However, after a week when doctors said she could go home, hospital nurses learnt she had no relatives or home in the city.
Her case was referred to the superintendent of medical social work Dattatray Vibhute who started searching for her relatives. “When we spoke to her she took out documents from a torn purse. We were shocked to see she was actually a freedom fighter and was receiving a government pension,” said Vibhute. Further investigations revealed she has a daughter in Dubai and a granddaughter in Canada.
Hospital authorities have now informed MRA Marg police station about Laura. I was part of the Goa liberation movement,” said Laura, who has become famous in the hospital because of her peculiar food habits. “She only has aerated drinks and loves restaurant food. She refuses hospital food,” said a ward boy.