Kolkata: At the age of 23, she lost her husband — not to any disease but to poverty. With four children on her lap, she toiled for 20 years as a manual labourer, a housemaid and a vegetable-seller.
Now at 70, Subhasini Mistry can live with satisfaction as she looks at the two-storeyed building, the realisation of her dream to build a hospital for the poor – all because she couldn’t afford proper medical treatment for her husband.
For her dedication to serve the society at various platforms, Subhasini has been conferred the country’s fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri.
Subhasini gifted the hospital to the poor and made it operational in 1996 under the banner of ‘Humanity Hospital’ (a charitable hospital).
“Currently, we have two hospitals which are serving the people of Bengal. One is located at my village in Hanskhali, Nadia district, and another at Sundarbans. I am very happy to get the award but I would like to request all hospitals in the world, please don’t refuse a patient who needs immediate medical attention. My husband died because he was refused admission and I don’t want anyone else to die in a similar way.” the Padma Shri awardee told News18.
She said she had a difficult time making ends meet. "It was a difficult journey as I had to feed my four children. I could not afford the expenses so one of my son (Ajay) grew up in an orphanage. Now, he is working day and night to run this hospital. I would like to request the government to fund us so that we can give salaries to meet hospital expenses.”
With Subhasini’s determination, both the hospitals now stand tall and are proud to serve the poor people of Bengal – with no refusal policy.