Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Mar 10:
A 32-year-old man has appealed to the Odisha Human Rights commission (OHRC) to grant him mercy death or bear his medical expenses.
Sudhir Kumar Panda (32), is bedridden and constantly in pain due to a spinal cord injury for the last 13 years.
Panda, a resident of Chudangapur village in Ganjan district was a meritorious student, but after getting a first division in matriculation exam, he was forced to leave studies due to poverty.
He later went to Gujarat to earn a living. In 2013, while returning to Odisha he fell down from a train and seriously injured his spinal cord. He is now unable to walk for last 13 years and with his legs bent and swelling in the knees, he is under constant pain.
He was first admitted to Shrirama Chandra Bhanj Medical College (SCB) Regional Spinal Injury Centre and later to Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati (MKCG) Medical College and Hospital Berhampur for treatment. But the doctors have told him that his condition is incurable.
The petition filed by Sunil Kumar Rath has appealed to the OHRC to help Panda get treatment for a pain free life or help him with euthanasia. Odisha Chief Secretary, Medical Supritendents of MKCG and SCB have been made a party in the petition.
Panda is currently admitted in SCB medical college for treatment.