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Doctor turns hero after he treats coma patient for FREE!

SHAHJAHANPUR: The pradhan of a village, who is a doctor and runs his own hospital, treated a poor patient in coma for free for a month when everybody else had almost given him up for dead. After the man made a miraculous recovery, the pradhan is being hailed as a hero.


Maniram, a 45-year-old Dalit labourer, met with an accident in July and went into coma due to serious head injuries. CT scans had shown that there was a blood clot in his brain and his jaw was broken. The district hospital here had asked his family to shift him to Lucknow immediately as he needed to be on a ventilator all the time and only a higher centre could provide this facility.

Expected expenses for the treatment were between Rs 4 and 5 lakh, impossible for the poor Dalit family to arrange. At this tough time, Dr Pradeep Shukla stepped in. Shukla, who is the pradhan of Navadia Mankanth village and also runs a hospital in Khuthar, admitted Maniram at his hospital and provided him all the emergency medical services free of cost for over a month. Maniram gained consciousness recently and his condition is stable now.

 Maniram’s family had lost all hope of saving him after doctors in Shahjahanpur advised them to take him to a higher centre in Lucknow or another city .

Maniram was brought to the Surya Hospital in Khuthar block and his treatment started there. The patient was kept in the ICU under observation for more than a month.

“Being a doctor, my principal duty is to save human lives. I saw Maniram dying, so I offered treatment at my hospital. I knew it was a great risk but there was no other option as such a huge amount of money was not possible for the family to arrange. We shifted him to our ICU and started his treatment under the supervision of our experts.Now a miracle has indeed happened,” Shukla told TOI on Monday.

“While most of the expenses for the treatment were borne by the hospital, some locals also contributed voluntarily,” Shukla added.

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