LUDHIANA: A 17-year-old mentally ill boy was wheeled into the civil hospital here on Friday with a severely injured arm and maggots eating into his flesh, after he was reportedly stoned by a group of people.
The teenager had run away from Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital here on Friday. On Saturday, a member of a city-based NGO, Ann Jal Sewa Trust, spotted a group of people attacking him with stones and came to his rescue.
The NGO member, Shiv Ram Saroy, said when he met the boy, he was in a bad condition. Saroy, who is the president of the NGO, said he had written a letter to deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal, who immediately took up the issue with the district health authorities.
The patient was picked up by Saroy from Dharampura. “He is a psychiatric patient too. The injury in his arm was so severe that it had started decomposing. We had to remove the maggots crawling over his injury. He is unconscious and is undergoing treatment,” Saroy said.
Meanwhile, local volunteers of the NGO said the problem of destitute minors was not new to Ludhiana and a destitute person is brought to the hospital every two weeks. Two weeks ago, a pregnant woman was handed over to the NGO for care, after she was given shelter by the civil hospital for two months. She was brought to the hospital in a critical condition by a rickshaw-puller.
In fact, an NGO working for such patients and distributing food to them submitted a memorandum the DC for the care of such unknown patients. Agarwal termed the word done by the NGO as “good”. “They reached us quickly to take action. Undoubtedly, we need more destitute homes and paramedics to handle such patients. It would be good if more NGOs pool in for such kind of works and help such patients who need special attention. Hospital and administration will support them in every possible way,” he said.