A lady whose husband is mentally ill and physically disabled, five sons to be fed at least twice a day, parent-in-laws to be taken care of, and above all a daughter – which is thought to be the biggest curse in this part of the country – it seems like exaggeration of facts; but yes this is the truth of Santosh Bai’s life. And one day this unfortunate girl gets hurt –going blind with loss of vision in both eyes….anyone can get shocked and disturbed by the brutality of her luck. But, Santosh is a brave Indian lady. Our staff Ms. Ekta Jain, Pooja Vaishnav and Dr. Nitish Kathuria took pains to bring for our readers this story….
Santosh Bai resides in Boras ka khera (Rajsamand) in a hut with 5 sons and a daughter. She earns her living and bringing up kids by making and selling brooms as her husband Shantilal ji is mentally & physically disabled.
One day one more addition to her never ending problems occurred when her 5 year old daughter Radha met with an accident. Impact of that accident was so severe that she lost vision in both eyes after 10 months and also ability to perform daily routine activities. Now the thought which was worrying her was – “What will happen to my daughter after I leave this world?”. She approached many doctors for her daughter and found herself under a financial crisis after listening the cost of treatment.
One day she went to one of city’s prime civil hospital, where she came to know about Alakh Nayan Mandir and free of cost services being provided here for under privileged section of society. She had a sign of relief when she came to Alakh Nayan Mandir. Dr. Jhala, Senior Consultant at Alakh Nayan Mandir examined Radha and after going through all the required investigations it was concluded that her treatment was possible. She was diagnosed Cataract in both eyes. After checking physical fitness, she was operated successfully on next day for Cataract. All the expenses were borne by Alakh Nayan Mandir.
Radha has got her vision back in one eye. Soon her other eye will also be operated. While leaving hospital premises after follow up – her eyes were filled with joys untold. She said – “ She liked the facilities being provided here at Alakh Nayan Mandir and was overwhelmed by seeing poor people getting treated here free of cost”. She also told about the humiliation she had to face at other eye hospitals due to her financial condition.
In her own words – “I am obliged to Alakh Nayan Mandir staff for giving me and my daughter a new life. I wish for continuous growth and prosperity of this institute”.