GANGTOK, September 1: A resident of 32 No., near Singtam in East Sikkim, Shyam Kumar Chettri (18), who has been suffering from knee cancer since January 2011 is being compelled to stay at STNM hospital here owing to lack of finance.
Speaking to media persons here today, Chandra Bahadur Chettri, the patient’s step father said he failed to take Shyam Kumar for treatment outside of the State as the amount of Rs 20,000 given by the State Government did not reach him on time. “A person who received this amount on my behalf misused the money and failed to reach me,” said Chandra Bahadur, an illiterate farmer.
He did not disclose the name of the person who had misused his money but said the amount was given back only when a neighbour lodged a police complaint. “If I had got the money on time, my step son would have been cured by now,” he said.
However, when the his condition worsened, there was no option but to re-admit Shyam Kumar at STNM Hospital on August 28.
According to the doctors at STNM, the patient, who has been referred to a hospital in Delhi, should be immediately taken there and treatment started as soon as possible.
Losing all hope, Chettri has appealed to all people to help him save his step son’s life. Individuals and organizations willing to chip in help are required to contact (Pappu Mallick) in this number 9609869271.