Battling cancer at AIIMS, Dorris Francis is hopeful that she will return to help people at the traffic signal where her young daughter died in an accident in 2009.
Francis, a 57-year-old traffic volunteer, had been managing traffic at the busy Khoda-Indirapuram intersection on National Highway-24.
She was diagnosed with cancer in October-end when she underwent tests for abdominal pain. Ever since, her family has been trying to gather money for her treatment. Her daughter sold her bike for Rs 20,000 and her husband, Victor, has been trying to get a loan against his house.
Hindustan Times on November 29 reported how Francis’ family was struggling to manage her treatment.
A number of people have offered support to the family. And, Francis is hopeful that she will be all right soon.
“I am upset I am not able to deliver on the promise I had made to myself... don’t know whether I will be able to walk properly or not. The doctors said I will have take complete bed rest for 5-6 months. But, now with everyone coming out to support me, I will try my best not to let them down,” said Francis, who is undergoing treatment at AIIMS.
A number of good Samaritans have come out to support her family. “I have been in a similar situation when I nearly lost my brother who was hit by a mini-truck on the Noida-Greater Noida expressway. I can understand the plight of the family. My husband and I want to help Mr Victor and the family in every possible way we can...,” said Swati Nargotra in an e-mail to HT.
Like others, a number of residents from Indirapuram have come out in support of the Francis family.
“A number of residents have contributed through cheques to help out the family. We are organising a camp on weekend where people can meet her husband,” said Alok Kumar, founder, Federation of Apartment Owners Association, Indirapuram.
Dorris’ daughter Monika, who is tending her at AIIMS, said, “She has been operated for a gynaecological problem which had arisen out of the cancer. Some people from the medical fraternity have also approached us and promised that they will get her treated at a hospital in Ghaziabad.”