There are no signs of nervousness on the face of Saurabh Kamble,10,who lost his left thumb in a freak accident on October 8,though he will have to undergo at least two surgeries in the coming days. I am missing my school and my painting classes. I want to get well as soon as possible, he says. But,his father Suresh Kamble a vada pav vendor and mother Sulakshana are worried. From where will we bring the money for his surgeries?, asks Suresh.
The Kambles,who live at Lumbininagar on Tadiwala Road,have filed a complaint with Sahakarnagar police against Dr Purohit Hospital,Bibvewadi,where Saurabh met with the accident while he accompanied Sulakshana to visit her sister who delivered a baby at the hospital. Saurabh had gone out of the hospital room on the second floor to drink water and while returning,he had stood outside the lift door for some time keeping his hand on it. The lift moved downwards suddenly and his thumb was severed.
Police sub inspector VT Chavan said,We would be able to know who exactly was at fault only after a detailed investigation. We have got a complaint against the hospital and the chairman of the cooperative society in which the hospital is located. They have been charged under Section 338 of the IPC for doing an act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life.
The hospital staff had rushed Saurabh,a class V student of Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya,to Bharati Hospital immediately. We then took him to Ruby Hall Clinic and then to Ratna Hospital,where a surgery was performed on October 11. We have spent Rs 35,000 till date and doctors say the total expenditure could be around Rs 1.60 lakh. We expect Purohit Hospital to help us. The accident could have been avoided if there was a lift man, Sulakshana says.
Anuradha Purohit of Purohit Hospital said,We always ask people to look after their children as there are so many patients,visitors and instruments around. We did provide all the basic help that we could give. We will also appoint a lift man on priority… The way the family of the boy approached us with a large number of people flocking the OPD and speaking arrogantly to us,is definitely not correct.
Swati Jagtap,chairperson of Man Mohan Park Housing Society that houses the hospital,said,We are ready to face any investigation; we will also immediately arrange for a lift man.
Even with his body in bandages,Saurabh had painted a greeting for a friend. He is a spirited person… We want to see him back to his original self. Let whosoever be at fault,we badly need money. We urge people to help us, Suresh said. He said he earned around Rs 200 a day and was not in a position to fund the surgeries.
The doctors have now grafted skin from his groin on the injured hand. My daughter had undergone a heart surgery last year. This is another big trouble on our family, says Sulakshana.