Who will lend her support?

Today, social worker Seema Hande is alone. For several years, Seema who was like a ray of hope for children suffering with cancer, is today struggling for her own survival as her health is deteriorating due to kidney failure. She is in search of a helping hand which will offer her love, support and care

Who will lend her support?

Byculla resident, Seema Hande is a social worker who counselled children suffering from cancer by lending them support, affection and care. But the lady who gave fought for others is today all alone, in a lot of pain and struggling for her survival. Who will lend her support? The question remains unanswered question. Currently, she is been treated at Nair Hospital.

Seema started facing kidney problem in 2010. During that time, her left kidney stopped working and wad removed due to kidney failure. Then, she only survived on her right kidney for many years. Ailing Seema’s mother expired during that period, after which she had to shoulder all the household responsibilities. Seema lost her younger brother and sister too and now, her sister’s children were also dependent on Seema. Despite of being ill, Seema fulfilled all the responsibilities and made sure that her sister’s children received good education and a better standard of living. She was also working for the betterment of cancer affected children in Tata Hospital. She continued to strive for the wellbeing of cancer struck patients for 4-5 years.  But due to her deteriorating health, she couldn’t continue to keep up with the good cause which she undertook.

Seema Hande
Seema Hande

In June, she was admitted in a nursing home at Dahisar as her right side started paining and kidney problem started giving her tough time. Seema’s nephew, who lives in Dahisar, spent Rs 5 lakh on her treatment. And after that her nephew didn’t even bother to take care of her. Seema burned her midnight oil to take care of her sister’s children. But her nephew just left her alone when she needed him the most.

Few days age, the lingering pain showed up, but there was not even a single soul to take care of her.  While speaking to My Medical Mantra Seema said, “I am suffering from kidney failure since many years and the pain is unbearable. Medicines work only for a shorter span of time. Now I am bed ridden for life and there is no one to take care of me. My nephew has strictly instructed me to avoid calling him, under any circumstances. After which I called up an NGO named ‘Pratham’.  NGO’s social worker Raju Patil admitted me to Nair Hospital.

“To my dismay, I was alone and lying like a dead log in the house, since past four days. There was on one even to give me water. I drank water only after I was admitted in the hospital. I can’t walk and do any chores.  Hospital’s nurse has asked me to hire someone to take care. But I can’t afford that”, said Seema.

Nair Hospital’s Resident medical officer, Ram Munde informed, “Seem was admitted in the hospital on Tuesday. Her right kidney also failed and before that, her left kidney was removed.  So she will have to be on dialysis throughout the life.”