A charitable trust in Betul came forward to help a man from Morad village who carried his 12-year-old son on his shoulder for more than 6km to reach a hospital after every 3-4 days as he had no money to arrange for a vehicle.
Hindustan Times reported the plight of the man, Deviram Pandram, on Saturday.
After spending ₹1 lakh on his son’s treatment, Pandram had no money to hire even an auto. His son Neelesh fractured his leg six months ago after falling from a tree.
“We read Hindustan Times’ report and came to know that this was happening in our district; we decided to provide all help for Neelesh’s treatment,” said Yogi Khandelwal, a member of GD Khandelwal charitable trust.
Pandram initially took his son to the government hospital in Athner tehsil for a few weeks; Neelesh was then referred to the district hospital in Betul.
After treating Neelesh for about three-four months, the district hospital said his leg needs treatment at a private hospital.
When HT contacted district hospital civil surgeon Dr Ashok Bairanga, he said, “The kind of care needed in such cases cannot be provided in the district hospital. He will have to go to a private hospital.”
Bairanga said the district hospital was trying to get aid for Pandram from the chief minister’s relief fund, which would have taken time.
Khandelwal said the private hospital where they have admitted Neelesh has given an estimate of ₹60,000 for his operation.
The trust was formed about 20 years ago by the family of BJP leader GD Khandelwal in his memory.
(with inputs from Rajesh Bhatia)