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Poor woman suffering from cancer gets free treatment on UP HC’s orders

The Lucknow bench of justices DK Upadhyaya and Manish Kumar ordered the free treatment of the woman and also directed the KGMU's chief superintendent to apprise the court of the details of treatment being provided to the woman by March 24.

Lucknow’s King George’s Medical University has been directed by the Allahabad High Court to provide free medical treatment to a poor woman suffering from cancer, who is unable to afford it due to poverty.

A Lucknow bench of the high court, acting on a plea by an unemployed youth — Sauhard Lakhanpal, the son of a freelance journalist — asked Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya Institute of Medical Sciences and SGPGIMS to coordinate with the KGMU in the poor woman’s cancer treatment.

The Lucknow bench of justices DK Upadhyaya and Manish Kumar ordered the free treatment of the woman and also directed the KGMU’s chief superintendent to apprise the court of the details of treatment being provided to the woman by March 24, NDTV reported.

To plead his case personally, Lakhanpal had moved the court after his mother, who is a housewife, was diagnosed with cancer by the KGMU in April 2020. Later, in order to plead the youth’s case properly in the court, the court appointed advocate Murli Manohar Srivastava as an amicus curiae.

Srivastava told the bench that the petitioner’s mother was an ailing housewife and his father a freelance journalist. The petitioner was himself unemployed, and their total yearly income was negligible. 

“In such circumstances, the petitioner is faced with a gigantic task of treatment of his mother,” Srivastava said.

The petitioner was granted ₹ 75,000 from the Chief Minister’s Discretionary Fund for the treatment of his mother, the bench informed. However, this amount was not sufficient. 

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