Injuries and penury force youth to plead for Euthanasia

Injuries and penury force youth to plead for Euthanasia
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A youth who has been suffering from spinal cord injury for more than eight years is appealing to the government for euthanasia for him as well as for his aged mother who has been bed-ridden from a pelvic bone fracture. 

Sakhinetipalli: A youth who has been suffering from spinal cord injury for more than eight years is appealing to the government for euthanasia for him as well as for his aged mother who has been bed-ridden from a pelvic bone fracture.

Medicharla Nageswara Rao of Gondi village in Sakhinetipalli mandal of East Godavari district had led a comfortable life working in Dubai for two years. But in 2008, he slipped and fell in the bathroom injuring his spine.

The management of the company immediately took steps to send him back to Hyderabad on the same night. He was admitted to Yashoda hospital in Hyderabad with the help of his relatives living in Hyderabad.

His money and his relatives’ love and affection for him soon vanished within a week. Unable to do anything, he was brought to his native place-Gondi village.

In the village, his father used to take good care of him while working as a casual hand. As misfortune would have it, Nageswara Rao’s father died of cardiac arrest following which his mother, Gangamma, had to shoulder the burden of taking care of him.

Sometime later, his mother also slipped and fell, fracturing her pelvic bone. The responsibility of looking after the family was now on his sister, Vijaya, who is not comfortably off either.

Nageswara Rao, who has decided to be a burden to his family anymore and moved at the pathetic condition of the mother, has been earnestly appealing for euthanasia for both.

His suffering is further aggravated due want of money to afford better medical care and his attempts to harness government proving to be futile. Because of the injury, he is also not able to attend to his daily chores.

Prior to his travel to Dubai, Nageswara Rao married Karuna. The injury exhausted his dreams of leading a comfortable life with wife Karuna. A broad-minded Nageswara Rao prevailed upon his wife successfully and married her off to someone so that at least she will lead a comfortable life.

He repents for becoming a burden to his sister, Vijaya, whose family life, he says, is not smooth. But Vijaya says that his brother and mother are no burden to her. She has been earnestly appealing with tears rolling down her cheeks that either Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu or philanthropic people come to the rescue of the family.

Senior Public Prosecutor MVSS Prakasa Rao said that the Supreme Court had turned down mercy killing petition of a woman who has been undergoing torture for more than 40 years. He sought the government to intervene in this matter and extend better medical care.

District Medical and Health Officer has directed his sub-ordinates to go into the case fully and come out with suggestions for treatment. Vasudha Foundation lent full support to the family during the past eight years.

By Adapa Appa Rao

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