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Paralysed techie Manjunath meets his mother

Software engineer Manjunath Kalmani is paralysed neck down since a car crash in the United States.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2008 08:42 AM IST

It was an atmosphere charged with emotions when mother of Manjunath Kalmani, paralysed neck down since a car crash in the United States, came all the way from their village in Karnataka to meet him in New Delhi.

"I hope my son's treatment is taken care of. We do not have the financial means to take care of him," a tearful Vidyavati said after meeting her son.

Manjunath, a promising software engineer had his life rudely interrupted at the age of 27, when he was reduced to the status of an invalid living under the care of nurses in an alien land after meeting with a car accident.

All he can do now is speak in a rasping whisper.

"Our nodal officer received information from the Indian Embassy that there is a patient Manjunath coming from USA. He arrived and was in very critical condition, having all sorts of problems and I think his brother is not very inclined to come here to see the patient," his doctor, Dr Jagdish Prasad, said.

Kalmani is on a ventilator suffered a brain stroke after the accident and underwent an emergency operation. He is paralysed neck down.

He cannot even breath on his own due to the paralysis and is on a ventilator. Kalmani's brother works in a cooperative society and his father is a farmer in Karnataka while his mother Vidyavati is a housewife.

He was brought to India in an air ambulance after spending four years in US hospitals following the expiry of his visa.

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