While honesty seems to have become a rare virtue in the city, MiD DAY came across two separate cases in two leading hospitals, which has restored faith in humanity for two different individuals.
In an incident that took place in the privately-run Breach Candy hospital, a woman’s diamond-studded mangalsutra was returned to her by a ward boy, after she realised she had left it in the hospital a month ago.
Speaking to MiD DAY, Mahim resident, Bina Patki, said, “I had visited the hospital for a routine check-up nearly a month ago, when I was asked to remove my mangalsutra for the sonography test. I had left it on the clothes’ rack on Monday and nearly four days later, much to my dismay, I realised it was missing.”
She then called the hospital inquiring about her mangalsutra, which she claimed to be worth Rs 2 lakh. On contacting her doctor, Dr Sabita Desai, she was assured that the hospital staff would return her valuables if misplaced. “I was immensely touched when the ward boy returned my mangalsutra to the administration on the same day. Since that day, they had been trying to trace the owner,” said Bina.
The ward boy, Marshal Fernandes, who hails from Goa, revealed that despite his background, he understood how important a mangalsutra was to a woman. “His honesty and integrity was extraordinary, as he immediately returned it. Four days later, I got it back,” she said.
Heart of Gold
In another incident, Suvarna Parve, handed over a purse containing gold jewellery worth Rs 20,000 and Rs 700 in cash to KEM hospital’s security officials after she found it in the common bathroom outside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon around 12 pm, when a relative of an infant admitted in the NICU, Lata Jhute, left her purse containing her mangalsutra, gold earrings and nose ring in the common bathroom used by relatives of patients in the new building of the civic-run hospital. When Lata realised that she had misplaced her purse, she had lost hope of getting it back. To her good fortune, Suvarna noticed the purse inside the bathroom around 1.30 pm. She immediately asked the other relatives waiting outside the NICU if it belonged to any one of them.
“When no one claimed it, I handed it over to a hospital security official,” said Suvarna. After going through its contents, officials found Lata’s contact details. “My relative got a call from the hospital’s security official, who informed her that they had my purse,” said a relieved Lata, who collected the purse from the hospital’s office. A security official from the hospital further added, “Usually due to the person’s carelessness, they leave their valuables unattended, after which it becomes very difficult for us to trace it. It was only because of this Good Samaritan that the woman got her jewellery back.”