PATNA: A man in Bihar sold his seven-month-old baby son to pay the huge hospital expenses incurred on treatment of his leg injuries as he was too poor to arrange for the money.
The incident has come as a severe embarrassment to the state government which claims the per capita income of the masses has considerably improved in the past over a decade.
As per the report, Nanhu Ram, a resident of Lauria in West Champaran district, suffered serious wounds in his legs in a train accident in August this year.
He approached a local doctor for treatment but his condition instead turned serious and it required immediate surgery as the wounds had spread all over.
Recently, he got admitted to a private hospital in Betia town of this district during which the doctors suggested for immediate surgery to save his leg. The doctor also suggested him to pay Rs30,000 in advance for his surgery.
His family members said the victim approached the local villagers for help but none appeared willing to contribute such a huge amount given his poor financial condition.
“Eventually, he sold his seven-year-old baby to a local villager to arrange for money. We got Rs 70,000 in return,” victim’s mother Foolmati Devi told the media on Friday.
“We had no option. It was from this money that we were able to pay the hospital fees to the doctors,” she added.
The incident has come as a major embarrassment to the state government which claims state’s economy has tremendously improved in the past 15 years. A latest recent report of Bihar Economic Survey claims the per capital income has increased to Rs36,964.
Courtesy: Gulf News