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'My daughter and I suffered a lot'

Auto parts dealer Devendra Pal Singh Bedi (46) doesn't remember anyone in his family suffering from malaria in the past 15 years that he has lived at Four Bungalows, Andheri.

mumbai Updated: Aug 04, 2010 01:37 IST

Auto parts dealer Devendra Pal Singh Bedi (46) doesn't remember anyone in his family suffering from malaria in the past 15 years that he has lived at Four Bungalows, Andheri.

But on July 26, Bedi's daughter Gursheen Kaur (13) was diagnosed with malaria. Bedi himself is recovering from leptospirosis after being discharged from hospital on July 19.

"A sewage drain overflowed near our residential colony a few months ago. That may have led to a rise in the number of mosquitoes in our area," said Bedi, who resides on the ground floor.

Gursheen was initially given medicines for viral infection. Only when she vomited at school on July 25, did the doctor recommend a blood test.

Now, after a week of taking anti-malarial drugs, the Class 8 student is responding well to the treatment and hopes to get back to school next week.

"Her exams are on right now and her school has allowed her to sit for the exam and excused her from classes," said Bedi.

The family had pest control done in their home last month to control the mosquito menace.

"Both me and my daughter suffered a lot this rainy season. My 68-year-old mother also suffered from fever and vomiting two days ago. Even two weeks after being discharged from the hospital, I am still on a liquid diet as I haven't fully recovered yet," said Bedi.