KAUSHIK DUTTA, Midnapore: Japanese philosopher Daisaku Ikeda had said, “With love and patience, nothing is impossible.” Well, a couple from Dantan area of West Midnapore district in West Bengal proved the saying right amid the COVID-19 lockdown. A man had to cycle for 30 kilometres to reach the hospital with his wife. And all this for his wife’s cataract operation. Even the doctors were left surprised.
Bharat Hansda from Dantan area of West Midnapore district, about 180 kilometers from Kolkata, in the border with Odisha state, had taken his wife, Som Hansda on his cycle to Nayagram Super Specialty Hospital in Jhargram district area. The hospital was around 30 kms from his house. Due to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the hospital authorities had cancelled the cataract operation of Som. However, Bharat made sure his wife’s operation was done on that very day and therefore, he reached the hospital with his better half on the cycle.
“Som Hansda came to us last month with acute pain in her right eye. She needed cataract operation. But then, due to the lockdown we had cancelled all the cataract operations. But Bharat was unaware of it. We were surprised to hear that he came all the way with his wife on the cycle. The operation was successful and the couple left,” said Santanu Patra, the eye surgeon.
Bharat sounded elated that his wife is recuperating. “We couldn’t find a vehicle to take my wife to the hospital. So, I decided to cycle all the way. I am happy that the doctor had conducted the operation,” he said. During their journey, they even had to cross the Subarnarekha river bed.
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