STARCH ROAD, SARASPUR,
"You have cancer
of the throat," said Dr. Ashok casually. It was enough to turn 51
- year - old Maganbhai's life upside down.
medical problems had started 20-25 years ago with a tumour in his
throat. He had never paid any attention to it as it swelled up only
once a year for a couple of days each time. Moreover it was never
painful and always went away without medication.
Upto 1994, Maganbhai
was an employee of Arbuda Mills in its Spinning Department. After
being unemployed for over four months on its closure, he took up
a woodseller's occupation. This was adequate for himself and his
wife, Champaben (48), who lived with him and did the housework.
was discharged from the Mill, he had received Rs.60,000/- as his
provident fund. With this amount he bought his current one-room
apartment at Sanjay Nagar for Rs.30,000/- in 1995, and had spent
Rs.20,000/- on his wife's kidney stone operation.
In April 99,
when the tumour resurfaced Maganbhai didn't give it much thought.
But this time it troubled him much more. It was so painful and thorny
in his throat that he was not able to eat or drink anything. After
suffering for four days, Maganbhai went to Dr. Jagdishbhai Shah,
and paid a consulting fee of Rs.30/-. The only treatment he got
was the advice to consult an ENT specialist!
The next stop
was the ENT specialist Dr. Ashok who had broken the terrible news
to him. The doctor charged Rs. 60/- as fee.
Worried as he
obviously was, a relative then recommended Dr. Atul Kansara. In
desperation Maganbhai went there. This doctor opined that there
was a stone inside the tumour in his throat.
believed that medication for five days might cure it. Here Maganbhai
had to shell out Rs.240/- for consultancy and medicines.
the medicines did not have the desired results and meanwhile the
pain in his throat had further intensified. So he trudged back to
Dr. Kansara's clinic where he was advised to go in for an x-ray.
expenditure continued to mount as another Rs.150/- was spent on
the x-ray. The x-ray revealed the worst. The tumour inside had matured;
there was a stone in it, and the stone was dislodged from its original
position. The doctor said that this new development made an emergency
operation imperative. The cost estimate of around Rs.8000/- gave
a jolt to the greviously impoverished man.
time SAATH organised an exhibition in Sanjay Nagar which Maganbhai's
illness prevented him from attending. So, when Rajendrabhai from
SAATH came to enquire about him, he related his story.
the mental tension that Maganbhai was undergoing, Rajendrabhai told
him that he would get the ball rolling to seek SHARDA Trust's help
in this matter.
True to his
word, the very next day Rajendrabhai apprised Nirajbhai of SHARDA
Trust, regarding the case and all possible assistance was promised.
As soon as Maganbhai
reached SHARDA Trust's office the next day, an appointment with
Dr. Dipesh Shah was fixed. Nirajbhai rushed him there. Upon examining
him Dr. Dipesh Shah referred him to Dr. Tarang Patel at Shrey Hospital.
The consultancy fees of Rs.250/- was paid by Maganbhai.
two of them showed up at Shrey Hospital, and got Maganbhai checked
up by Dr. Tarang Patel. He confirmed all the earlier findings of
the tumour being ripened; presence of a stone in it, and its subsequent
dislodging from its original position. The need for an operation
too was confirmed. Thus, an x-ray, a blood test, and a urine test
had had to be done.
cost Rs.500/- and the doctor's fee was Rs.200/-.
got himself operated upon by Dr. Tarang Patel on 24 May 1999 at
9 a.m. in Shrey Hospital and Research Centre. The operation lasted
for an hour and Maganbhai reported no discomfort whatsoever.
In fact, his
opinion about the doctor, the nurses and the hospital in general
was very good. He had been treated as a family member; all medications
given on time; doubts and queries cleared with utmost patience.
Right till the day of his discharge at 11.40 a.m. on 27 May 2000
Maganbhai considered himself fortunate to be in such competent hands.
His next visit
to the hospital was on 1 June 1999 to get his stitches removed.
Also, he was worried about a depression in his neck following the
operation. The doctor, in his characteristic manner, reassured him
that it was a temporary problem caused due to an inner swelling.
It would go away soon.
The total cost
of the operation came to around Rs.12,000/-. Maganbhai paid part
of it from his Provident Fund. For the rest he borrowed Rs.5000/-
from a jeweller at 3% rate of interest against his gold ornaments.
He planned to repay this loan from the financial help that SHARDA
Trust gave him. Maganbhai filled up the Medical Assistance form
of SHARDA Trust and submitted bills for the same on 4 May 2000.
His bills were cleared after a meeting of the committee in accordance
with the trust's rules and regulations.
and Champaben have nothing but praises to shower on SHARDA Trust.
The fact that the Trust got things moving in just one day was most
important for them, or else they would've wasted valuable time pondering
over "to operate or not"; and this might have caused a deterioration
in Maganbhai's health.
Due to SHARDA
Trust being in the picture they got the best doctors, the best treatment
and all the personnel treated them respectfully. The Trust's officers
provided them with cars rickshaw fare for transportation which had
been a great help to them. No wonder then, that their hearts are
filled with gratitude for SHARDA Trust!