Former Defence Minister George Fernandes' (89) brother has expressed anguish at not being allowed to meet his sibling, who is being treated for Alzheimer's disease, a degenerative brain disorder at Max Hospital, Saket since December 7.
“It is strange that these people (wife Laila and son Sean) who have not been with him for the last 25 years suddenly lay claim on his life and everything else,” said Richard Fernandes, 58, youngest of five brothers, waiting in the Delhi airport for his 8.40 pm flight to Bangalore.
“I am his blood. I have been with him for all his life and have a right to know his condition.”
According to him, all George remembers are his early childhood days and can only speak fragmented Konkani.
“He is like a baby who needs to be in the care of his loved ones. And by not allowing us to be with him, doctors are only harming him.”
Richard Fernandes also alleged that Fernandes' treating doctor from AIIMS, Dr. M.V. Padma, professor in the department of neurology, was not consulted.
Meanwhile, doctors at Max hospital Saket are tight-lipped. “We have written instructions from his legally wedded wife and son to not allow anyone to meet him or divulge any information to anyone. We are only obeying her wishes,” said Pervez Ahmad, chief executive officer, Max Hospital.
The hospital is completely silent on Fernandes' physical and mental condition.
“We have strict instructions to shield patient details even from his extended family.”
“The people who are now being excluded from his life have a deep emotional bond with him and have the unfettered right to know the details of his present condition,” said Abhijat Bal, Fernandes' lawyer.
Despite repeated calls and voice messages on his cell phone, Sean Fernandes did not respond.