JJ Hospital officially discharged her three weeks ago but Kanchan Mistry, a 55-year-old woman who has lost both her legs to diabetes, has nowhere to go. She continues to lie in her hospital bed.
Kanchan, who is in ward number 10, laments that her husband, a factory worker, did not want to take her back and was avoiding taking her calls.
Kanchan said she had nowhere to go as even her children had not visited her since many days.
The hospital, which is already flooded with patients, including 26/11 terror attack victims, is also eager to find a way out. “We have contacted a few social organisations and are awaiting for responses,” said Dr B. M. Sabnis, the hospital’s dean.
The couple has two children, a 15-year-old daughter who lives at Jamnagar in Gujarat with her maternal relatives, and a 12-year-old son who studies in a government school in Mumbai.
Mistry has been in the hospital for more than three months and has had two surgeries. “Initially, her husband would come once in a while after we repeatedly called him,” said a nurse who has been on duty in the women’s ward where Mistry is admitted. “But after a while, even on the days of her surgeries, he did not turn up.”
He might be avoiding her because there was a Rs 4,000 hospital bill to be paid, the nurse said.
Mistry who is still hopeful that her husband will come, has tried repeatedly to call him from different numbers because he disconnects the phone each time he realises it is a hospital number, she said.
She requests every person she sees in the ward to call her husband.
“Can you please trace my husband?” she asked this reporter, sobbing. “He works in a chemical shop. He has to take me home. I have been with him for over 20 years.”
A patient in an adjacent bed has witnessed her distress. “At times, she screams and abuses him (her husband) for not even bringing her son to visit her,” the patient said. “She also worries about her children, especially her son, whom she says she used to teach everyday.”