May God bless him!
Posted August 22, 2008on:
Kriti was falling more and more in love with Krishna. She longed to see his cherubic face every morning. His smile melted her heart like hot chocolate fudge!!
But today she couldn’t find him. She asked around but nobody seemed to know! What the ****! A patient is not on the bed and the staff doesn’t even know!!! She wanted to shout at the ward boy and the nurse, but knew that it would be of no use. After all, this was a Govt. run hospital where hundreds of patients are admitted and the man power is always in short supply!
She tried in the toys room and saw him sitting on the mini ‘jhulaa’! He was clutching a battered doll with his face down. She could make out from his face that he had been crying.
But his eyes lit up as soon as he saw Kriti. But he still did not smile at her. He was angry with her for being late. She went and held her ear lobes and said sorry and gave him his favourite candy which he took immediately. And then he started talking to her animatedly.
As he was talking with her, Kriti’s heart got a tug looking at this 6 year old child who was having a brain tumour and was left alone by his family members in this hospital, probably because now he couldn’t help them earn (!) and on top of that his treatment would be a burden.
When Kriti came to the paediatric oncology department as an intern for the first time 3 months back, she immediately connected to Krishna. She came here everyday even now when her posting was in some other department. She always had some or the other treats for him. But these days the symptoms were worsening and doctors couldn’t take him ‘on-table’ as there was nobody with him as guardian to sign the necessary papers and to deposit money!
She wanted to ask God a thousand questions. If He was really there, then how come He left such a young child to this fate! But she also knew that nothing was going to change if she just sat there and cursed Him.
She and her friends joined hands and collected enough money to cover Krishna’s operation cost! Also, the superintendent of the hospital had given permission to take Krishna ‘on-table’, even without his parents’ or guardian’s permission, as operation was the only option left for him.
Tomorrow would be the D-day and kriti was keeping her fingers crossed. She knew that the operation was tough though Krishna was under the care of the best neurosurgeons of the hospital. But neurosurgery was neurosurgery!
But she didn’t want to dwell on such depressing thoughts today. She wanted to give Krishna the best day he ever had in his life. She took permission from the superintendent to take Krishna to the zoo and other places he liked. Also she presented him with new clothes and shoes. She took him around the city and they went where ever Krishna’s heart desired.
When they came back to the ward, Krishna slept almost immediately after hitting the bed. But a small smile still played on his lips… a smile of satisfaction, a smile of happiness!
“This smile is worth anything”, Kriti thought when she saw her empty purse and realized that she had spent her entire stipend on Krishna that day!