STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Balurghat, 11 November
Eight-feet tall Ms Siddika Parveen (26), a resident of North Srirampur village in the Bangshihari block of South Dinajpur district, has set off for New Delhi today for treatment at the All India Institute for Medical Science (AIIMS). It is learnt that a senior Congress leader and West Bengal state Congress general secretary, Mr Om Prakash Misram, has helped her financially for the trip. Her condition remained serious since she returned home from Kolkata where she was admitted to SSKM hospital in mid-August last year.
“We have decided to help her financially, as her treatment is expensive,” Mr Misra said, adding that the AIIMS is the best for her.
Siddika’s father, Mr Aftabuddin Ahmed, said in the absence of proper treatment his daughter has been growing weaker with each passing day. According to her mother, Mansura Bibi, she keeps losing appetite.
“Before she went to Kolkata she used to take about 1.5 kg of rice at lunch and dinner daily, but now it has been reduced to only 250 gms,” she rued.
Since childhood Siddika has been suffering from a rare disease which causes excessive secretions of growth hormones. She now weighs over 1.4 quintals. She was admitted to Balurghat district hospital in March where the medical board, consisting of specialists, found that a malignant tumour was growing in her pituitary gland and surgery being the only option.
Notably, she was admitted to SSKM hospital after ministers, political leaders and government officials had assured she would get free treatment at the state-run facility. Even Chief Minister Miss Mamata Banerjee assured the same, but she returned home after a few days. Her parents alleged she had not even been given the minimum treatment there.