Sambalpur, Jan 18:
Sushant Kumbhar, the 10-year-old migrant labourer from Balangir district, who was admitted to the VSS Medical College and Hospital at Burla on Thursday for treatment of his broken left hand, was referred to SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack on Friday as the doctors said that the hospital did not have adequate facilities for his treatment.
The minor boy, who was attacked by the owner of a brick-kiln with an iron rod at Khandeyarnepali of Gulbarga district in Karnataka while working there as a migrant labourer along with his parents, arrived at his native village Kadalimunda in Patnagarh block with his family on January 5 this year after they were rescued by Gulbarga labour officials.
Soon after their arrival, Santosh took his son to the district headquarters hospital where the doctors advised him to amputate his hand as the bones inside have been severely infected.
Shocked at the doctors’ advice, the panicked parents took their son to the VSS Hospital at Burla where the doctors referred the case to the SCB Hospital saying amputation could be avoided if a plastic surgery is conducted.
“We are poor and landless. We had gone to Karnataka with the hope to earn some money. We simply do not have the resources for the proper treatment of our son. We have pinned all hopes on the government to ensure our son doesn’t lose his hand,” said a sobbing Bhanumati, mother of the boy while on her way to Cuttack on Thursday.