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Tuesday , June 26 , 2012
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Lady rescued from roadside by youths

Balurghat, June 25: A group of Balurghat youths last evening took a destitute woman, lying on a road nearly unconscious in the rain and with maggots teeming on her scalp, to a hospital where she was operated upon to cure the infection.

The woman, who had been lying in the rain since yesterday morning, had been roaming near the BSF camp in Patiram, 15km from here, for the last few days, according to local residents.

“She has been here for the last three-four days. At first, we did not pay any attention, but yesterday, we saw her getting drenched in the rain. She was lying along the road and was almost unconscious,” said Sanjit Mandal, one of those who took her to the Balurghat district hospital.

“We asked her for her name but she did not speak. She seemed to have an infection on her scalp. We took her to the district hospital (around 6pm). The doctors operated on her around 8pm,” he said.

Doctor Swapan Biswas, who treated the unidentified woman, said: “The patient’s condition was very critical. It was not possible to collect any information as she is talking gibberish. There was an infection on her scalp. I conducted an operation and took out several maggots. She is out of danger now. The infection could have led to serious problems.”

He said her head would heal in a week. “The woman is malnourished. Such infections occur when one stays in unhygienic conditions. If the woman does not get proper food and care, the infection might recur,” the doctor said.

Biswas added that if it was found that the woman was a destitute and did not need further medical attention, she may be sent to a state-run home in Malda.

District social welfare officer Kamalesh Chandra Biswas said: “I have not received any report on this case yet. If someone approaches me, I will see what can be done. If doctors say the woman is mentally unstable, she can be sent to a mental hospital.”