Good samaritans help her
Only the sufferer knows what the pain of poverty is. A 19-year-old girl had suffered a severe burn injury when her clothes had caught fire in January 2013.
Reena’s one leg had severely burnt in the mishap. Due to non-availability of money, she could not get the necessary treatment. She could not even walk for more than six months due to her injury.
She was unable to move her leg. The doctors had asked the family to arrange Rs 80,000 for her surgery. The girl’s father was a rickshaw puller, and he could not afford her treatment. The hot days of June had increased her woes. The family had even no money to get their defunct ceiling fan repaired.
Her mother had then appealed to the public for financial help. After that, several residents, including a manager, doctor and school principal, donated money for her treatment, following which she underwent surgery at a city hospital.
Manager at an under-construction mall near Fountain Chowk, Kamal Chinda had come forward to donate around Rs 45,000. “When I visited Reena’s house, I was moved to see the pain she was suffering without treatment. Then I talked to other employees of my company, who also contributed for her treatment”, he said.
Earlier, the doctors at Civil Hospital had advised the family to take her to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, or PGIMER, Chandigarh, for further treatment. But due to financial constraints, they could not take her outside the city.
Reena’s mother said her daughter got relief from the unbearable pain, which she had been bearing for the past several months. She thanked all donors.