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Odisha doctor helps underprivileged burn victims

Nov 09, 2011 08:43 AM IST India India

Bhubaneswar: A plastic surgeon in Bhubaneswar Dr Jayant Kumar Dash is helping several underprivileged burn victims with not just free medical treatment but by rebuilding their lives.

10-year old Sangeeta's story is what nightmares are made of after her parents sold her off to a grocery shop owner Kalia in Bhubaneswar, where she was regularly tortured and abused.

"I could not wash the utensils properly, so he got angry and threw acid on me. I was completely burnt. I want that man to be punished. But I don't want to go back to my parents as they had left him for these sufferings," Sangeeta said.

Sangeeta sustained over 60 per cent burn injuries. Kalia admitted her to the government hospital and abandoned her. Unable to pay towards the treatment, Sangeeta started begging for money. When Sangeeta's grandmother, who worked as a daily labourer, came to know of her grand daughter's plight, she brought her home.

Sangeeta's grandmother Chandrakala said, "I am too poor to even feed her, how can I even think of giving her a proper treatment. I don't know where her parents are."

Plastic surgeon Dr Jayant Kumar Dash came to know of Sangeeta's horror story from the locals and stepped in. The young doctor and his hospital management have not only promised free medical treatment, but have also decided to help her rebuild her life .

"It's a severe case of post burn contracture and she is under tremendous pain. The child is so poor and required immediate treatment. So I decided to do her surgery free of cost and also convinced my hospital to provide all facilities free. Now a days there is a lot of negative publicity against private institutions and doctors, but there are many such people and institutions that often do such free services," Dr Jayant Kumar said.

If all the surgery goes well then Sangeeta might get rid of her burn and scars in another year.

Thanks to the effort and help of people like Dr JK Dash, Sangeeta can now dream of a better life.