“The dream of my childhood friend and close relative has come true. At Kidwai, the beds for poor patients were always filled up. We decided to build an 800-bed unit in two phases.”
Three years ago, 73-year-old Dhanraj Daga, a businessman from Bengaluru passed away due to heart disease. He had always wanted to build a cancer hospital for underprivileged people but unfortunately, could not realise his dream.
So, RK Sipani, Daga’s brother-in-law and close friend, stepped in and decided to fulfil this wish.
Cancer treatment is a highly challenging affair—mentally, physically and financially. Therefore, Daga wanted to build a cancer hospital so that even the underprivileged could receive treatment without having to spend a fortune.
“It was Daga’s dream that we build a hospital for the poor. He was 73 and died three years ago due to cardiac issues.
A few months before his death, we visited Kidwai hospital and sought permission from the director to ensure that the project was completed,” Sipani, a businessman himself, told the New Indian Express.
The Sipanis run a charitable home for the homeless, in addition to old-age homes. “Most of the residents are disabled and mentally challenged senior citizens,” explained Sipani, adding that, “Many are thrown out by their families, leaving them with no option but to die. We ensure that these senior citizens are well cared for with medical services.”
Now, with the new cancer wing in the Kidwai hospital in Bengaluru, they are helping underprivileged people, beat the dreaded disease.
The 390-bed wing has cost the family Rs 13 crore and they wish to take their project forward, adding 410 beds to another cancer wing.
Speaking to the Times of India, Sipani said, “The dream of my childhood friend and close relative has come true. When he was hospitalised three years ago, as per his wish, I visited [the] Kidwai [Hospital] and NIMHANS to understand their needs. At Kidwai, the beds for poor patients were always filled up. We decided to build an 800-bed unit in two phases. One unit is ready but requires staff.”
The wing will help hundreds, if not thousands of underprivileged patients in their battle against cancer. Sipani’s heart-warming gesture undoubtedly deserves to be lauded.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)