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in hospital queues for his turn had become a second nature to Jayantibhai
around June 1998. Nagri Hospital, Parvatiben Hospital, and many
more hospitals in Ahmedabad had been covered in his rounds for a
better alternative. At every queue he had met patients with vision
problems like himself. Since none of them had anything good to say
about the doctors at their respective hospitals, Jayantibhai was
thoroughly confused. All the doctors had advised a cataract operation
for his eye, but Jayantibhai couldn't trust himself to any of them!
With the closing
of Jupiter Mills in 1991, Jayantibhai had been rendered jobless.
Due to the financial strain caused by this he had shifted his family
from their flat at Bhimjipur to their current residence at Shahpur.
This was a tiny one - room - kitchen house.
His family consisted
of his mother, wife, two sons, a daughter and he himself. The women
of the family did only the housework; so the household costs were
met with the Rs.3-4000/- sent by his sons. They lived and worked
with their maternal uncle at Nagpur.
In January 1999,
when Jayantibhai's vision had further reduced, he consulted Dr Minakshiben
Lala at Maniben Hospital. She confirmed that the cataract was mature
and that an operation was advisable. Fortunately for him, his other
co-patients gave him very positive reports about this hospital and
the doctor. The general opinion was that Dr Minakshiben Lala operated
upon the patients herself and that all her operations were successful.
This boosted up Jayantibhai's confidence and he agreed to the operation.
On 29 January
1999 at 7 a.m., Dr Minakshiben Lala performed the operation using
the phaco therapy. Since this did not involve any cut or stitch,
merely half an hour later Jayantibhai felt as if he had never been
The doctor and
the compounder rendered excellent service, by explaining and clarifying
all doubts. The eye drops too had been put at their regular intervals
and in the right quantity. On the same day Jayantibhai was discharged
at 12 in the noon.
cost him Rs.4100/-. The employees of the hospital had given Jayantibhai
information about SHARDA Trust's Medical Assistance Scheme. So,
a couple of days after his operation he filled up the form as an
unemployed sufferer of a closed mill.
his cheque within two months of applying to the Trust. What really
appealed to him was that he got the money without having to run
around for it!
and his wife are immensely grateful for the timely help given to
them by SHARDA Trust. Moreover, as they really have no income, this
additional burden would have been very tough to bear. The couple
also feels indebted to the Trust, as they had actually not expected
to get any money.
their thankfulness, they also express the hope of getting this help
once again when Jayantibhai goes in for his next cataract operation.