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KEM to re-admit 9 month-old

After MiD DAY's article about how the civic hospital asked the baby's parents to find another hospital, days before the scheduled operation, the child will be re-admitted to KEM Hospital today

After MiD DAY's report about how a nine month-old baby suffering from a heart blockage and scheduled to undergo an operation in KEM Hospital on September 24, was almost kicked out of the civic hospital ('KEM turns away 9-month old 48 hrs before surgery', October 7, 2011), KEM will re-admit the infant. The child's parents were asked to go to Nair or Sion Hospital two days before her operation.

Nine month-old Shreya Jaiswal's father Kamlesh Jaiswal, a daily wage earner, had raised a sum of Rs 1.25 lakh with difficulty for the operation that was scheduled for September 24. On September 22, he was told to go to either Nair or Sion Hospital, since KEM was undergoing renovation.

Shreya, who was taken to Nair Hospital, will be re-admitted to KEM Hospital today.

Dr Sanjay Oak, dean of KEM Hospital told Sunday MiDDAY, "The hospital authorities will admit the child, and the child's parents have also been informed. The baby is currently suffering from fever. So, the doctors will wait for her to get better before going ahead with the operation."

According to Jaiswal, doctors from KEM have already asked him to re-admit his daughter. "The doctors have told us to admit Shreya at KEM's children's ward as soon as is possible."

Although happy about the news, Jaiswal said the situation had disturbed the family deeply.

"I am a labourer and dependent on my daily earnings to feed my family. I am happy that she will be re-admitted to KEM. But the number of days she has been under treatment is increasing the expenses of the family. I have been out of work for the last one month."

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