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Cancer patient finds ' home' in City of Joy.

A frail elderly woman was lying by the roadside in a crumbling north Kolkata neighbourhood. Dumped almost in the heap of used plastic sheets and worn out blanket, septuagenarian Ullashi Majhi was simply counting her last days along the blind alley of Srimani Colony on Biddon Street near Maniktala area.

Majhi was suffering from acute cancer pain as she was in the advance stage with no one to come forward for help. Despite being a mother of four adults, she was gasping in a maggot- infested state on the busy roadside.

Her children denied their responsibility and refused to provide home- care to the ailing mother as she smelt foul due to acute cancer in her uterus and subsequent septicaemia in some body parts.

Everyone turned a blind's eye to Majhi.

" There was no one to look after her. We came to know about the patient from the authorities of Thakurpukur CancerHospital which requested us to take care of Majhi. Accordingly we went there and provided some medicines as prescribed by the Medical College and Hospital where she was admitted last year," said Arundhuti Roy of a city based voluntary organisation, We With You ( WWY).

Roy said when her team had contacted Majhi's four children ( two sons and two daughters) -- Kartik Majhi, Dilip Majhi, Jhunu Majhi and Runu Majhi they also shook off their responsibility saying their mother never wanted to stay with them in their respective places. But Ullashi's verson never matched with them.

" The medicines we provided to her were never administered on time. We requested both her sons and daughters to give it to the patient on time every day.

But they never did it. While her younger son Dilip is leading a bohemian life with severe alcoholic addiction, the rest three were busy with their own families in descent financial state," Roy added.

Ullashi and her husband Dukori Majhi used to run a roadside tea kiosk there at Srimani colony but Dukori died almost 3 years ago. Ullashi was detected with cancer, about one and a half years back, she was admitted in the Calcutta Medical and Hospital.

" We have admitted her in the hospital for immediate treatment as her condition has deteriorated fast," Roy said.

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Date:Mar 17, 2014
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