Cancer-stricken Boy Seeks Euthanasia - The New Indian Express

Cancer-stricken Boy Seeks Euthanasia

Published: 01st May 2014 08:05 AM

Last Updated: 01st May 2014 08:06 AM

After doctors of government hospitals in Chennai and Vellore refused to admit a 17-year-old boy suffering from end stage throat cancer, he knocked the doors of  Vellore district administration pleading for euthanasia.

Terminally ill and bedridden S Sakthivel, a resident of Tharapadavedu, who has been fighting cancer for the past one year, was carried to the Collectorate on Wednesday. His family members, fighting tears, said Sakthivel was not able to take even fluids for the past three days and his condition had deteriorated.

Sakthivel, in his petition, stated that he has been facing death in every second of his life and his family was not in a position to provide him treatment. “After government hospitals refused to admit me, I have no other option but to die in peace. So, please allow mercy killing (euthanasia),” said the boy, in his letter addressed to Collector Rajendra Ratnoo.

Reacting to the petition, the Collector wrote a letter to the authorities of the newly established Government Multi-Super Specialty Hospital at Omandurar Government Estate in Chennai requesting them to admit the boy. “I have asked the authorities to bring any issue regarding his treatment to my notice. I will personally keep track of his treatment,” Mr Ratnoo told Express.

The Collector further said the district administration would take necessary steps to provide medical care to the teen, who has studied up to class X. “We made all arrangements in the hospital in Chennai before the boy reaches,” said the Collector.

The boy has been admitted to the ICU of a Super Multi Specialty Hospital in Chennai. Sakthivel was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer 11 month ago, said his family members. “We had taken him to a private hospital in Vellore for a medical check up a year ago, after he complained of severe pain in the throat. He was facing difficulty in swallowing food,” said S Muthu, his elder brother. “We were informed that Sakthivel was suffering from cancer in the food pipe. Doctors said it was a rare disease. We did not understand what kind of disease it was when we first heard about it,” added another brother S Manikandan.

He was admitted to the Arignar Anna Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Institute in Kanche-epuram. After four months of treatment, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he was discharged.

The family members said the doctors had asked them to take him to the government hospital in Chennai for further treatment.

The doctors at the Rajiv Gandhi GH and Stanley Medical College and Hospital refused to admit him. They directed them to take him to the Government Vellore Medical College and Hospital. The Vellore hospital refused to admit him forcing them to shuttle between Chennai and Vellore for the last few months, said the boy’s father, Shanmugam.

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