After being referred to a private medical facility by the civic-run Cooper Hospital due to unavailability of specialised care, the family of 11-year-old girl is struggling to clear a bill of Rs 8.8 lakh.
Anwar Khan, a labourer by profession and father of the patient, has appealed to state government for help after being allegedly turned down by Chief Minister’s Office, since the dengue is not covered in the CMO charity fund.
The girl was admitted in Juhu’s Cooper Hospital on October 13 with low platelet count and high fever. Khan said that within two days, she started suffering from breathing difficulties and needed to be rushed into a pediatric intensive care unit, as was suggested by the doctors. The tests had by then revealed that she was suffering from dengue.
“The doctors told us that there is no pediatric ICU available and hence we will need to shift the patient to Nanavati Hospital for further treatment and we did accordingly,” said Khan.
While the girl was admitted in a pediatric ICU, she was also put on ventilator for three days. “Two days ago the hospital informed us that she has recovered and has been shifted to the general ward,” said Khan. He added that the hospital billed them Rs 8.8 lakh for the treatment.
“We had mortgaged our jewellery to pay the Rs 50,000 deposit. We do not have the means to pay such a huge amount especially when a civic facility referred us to this hospital,” said Khan.
Prithvi Mhaske, president of NGO Sangharsh Foundation, who is helping the family with collecting funds said that while Being Foundation, Salman Khan’s NGO, gave them Rs50,000, they also approached the state government for funds but were turned down. “The CMO clearly said the expense for treating dengue is not covered by the charity schemes of the state government. The family is in a fix because as her stay in the hospital extends, so will the bill amount,” said Mhaske.