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Kin clear dues, take home aged patient

Mahamaya Sen returned to her Hindustan Park residence after being released from a south Calcutta nursing home on Wednesday, a year and a half after she was admitted.

“The patient was released this evening after her relatives paid the dues,” said Debashis Maitra, of Park Site Nursing Home, where the 67-year-old had been staying since July 2005. “The bills had totalled around Rs 2.13 lakh and the patient’s family has paid Rs 1.9 lakh. The rest we have waived,” he added.

Metro had reported on December 24 that Sen’s relatives — the woman lives in a joint family with her husband and daughter, both mentally unstable — had ignored pleas by the nursing home to take her back home, though she had long recovered from her ailment.

Clinic officials said Sen’s brother-in-law and nephews met them several times since December 24 to negotiate the bill amount.

On Wednesday, tears welled up in Sen’s eyes when she set her eyes on her nephew Raju — the first relative to visit her in more than three months.

“We could not bring her back home because of some financial difficulties,” Raju said. “There were some problems over who would look after her, as her husband and daughter are mentally challenged.”

Sen had been suffering from lung fibrosis when she was admitted to the Purna Das Road clinic in July 2005. “This is an incurable ailment, which causes the spongy lung tissues to become hard. She had recovered within a fortnight of being admitted, but will have to keep consulting a physician,” Maitra said.

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