When Maniram, a 45-year-old Dalit labourer, went into coma after suffering a head injury in an accident, there was no way his family could have afforded his treatment. The accident resulted in a clot in his brain and a broken jaw. Treating him would have cost ₹4 – ₹5 lakhs. On seeing his critical condition, the doctors in Shahjahanpur advised his family to take him to a higher centre, which could keep him on a ventilator. This is when they lost hope.
It was then that Dr. Pradeep Shukla, who runs his own hospital in the village of Navadia Mankanth in Uttar Pradesh, came into the picture. He admitted Maniram to his hospital and took care of all the emergency medical care he needed for a month – free of cost.
Thanks to him, Maniram made a miraculous recovery recently.
“Being a doctor, my principal duty is to save human lives. I saw Maniram dying, so I offered treatment at my hospital. I knew it was a great risk but there was no other option as such a huge amount of money was not possible for the family to arrange. We shifted him to our ICU and started his treatment under the supervision of our experts. Now a miracle has indeed happened,” Dr. Pradeep told TOI.
When the doctors in Shahjahanpur told Maniram’s family to move him to a better facility in Lucknow, they were certain he would not make it. If it wasn’t for Dr. Pradeep, they would’ve never known such a treatment was possible.
“While most of the expenses for the treatment were borne by the hospital, some locals also contributed voluntarily,” Dr. Pradeep added.