18 October 2019
Malkangiri: Bedridden for the last 13 years, a 23-year old tribal girl named Champa penned an open letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asking for euthanasia (mercy killing) or financial aid for her treatment. Hailing from Sargiguda village of Mathili block in Malkangiri district, she writes her heart out with great difficulty as her limbs are not working properly.
“I am unable to bear the pain, I want to die,” is what she writes.
Narsinga Kalakura, a farmer has two sons and a daughter Champa. Being the only daughter, she was loved by one and all in the family. Her father wanted her to study and become self-independent but calamity struck in 2006, when she was in Class 7.
A disease struck and her limbs got affected. Within a short span of time, she became immobile and bedridden.
“I clean her, feed her, change her clothes, take her to the toilet, even carry her as she is unable to move on her own,” cried out her mother.
Her parents had tried all sort of treatment but nothing worked. They went to the local quack, to the hospitals in Mathili, Malkangiri DHH, Jeypore, Nabrangpur, etc. Her blood reports were sent to Hyderabad, but no treatment worked on her.
The tribal couple had to sell off their land to bear the medical expenses, but Champa did not get well.
With her twisted finger and immobile limbs, Champa do not want to live anymore.
“We have tried every possible treatment but with no outcome. Girls of her age have married and settled down having their family and children, but Champa depends on her mother for every little chore daily. We have exhausted all our resources. If the government lends some kind of aid, we can think of some further treatment,” appeals to her father.
“We got to know about Champa from the media. I have talked to BDO and he has informed the district administration. After having a discussion with CDMO, we have intervened in this matter and are looking into her reports. We will try to provide her proper treatment,” informed Emergency Officer and Assistant Collector Pramod Kumar Behera.
The family still awaits the day when Champa will move around, laugh and play like all normal girls, whereas Champa has lost all her zeal to live and wants euthanasia (mercy killing) which according to her is better than the present living.