Still no compensation or surgery for Kalyan youth two weeks after he was paralysed in tree collapse

More than two weeks after he was left quadriplegic in a tree collapse in south Mumbai, 28-year-old Santosh Singh is still waiting for a spine surgery.

Singh, who was the only earning member for his family, has been promised a compensation of just Rs one lakh by Mumbai municipal authorities. The money is simply not enough to meet his rising medical expenses.

Singh's family says he faces a new health complication every day. They are also worried about the bed sores he has developed all over his body. Singh has no sensation from the neck down. The family says the least civic authorities can do is get him treated for free at a civic hospital.

Even the Rs one lakh compensation announced has not reached Singh. Doctors say that as he has developed a complication in his lung, it is not safe to operate on him.

The cost of the surgery will be covered under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Arogya Scheme, which means all expenses relating to implants and medicines will be taken care of.

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