In a significant order, Delhi High Court (Justice Vibhu Bakhru) today directed AIIMS to initiate the process of hip and knee replacement of 38 year-old poor crippled patient Sarvesh, who has been suffering from Reiter’s disease.
The High Court has directed the patient to report at AIIMS at 10 a.m. on Monday morning, whence the Hospital shall start the process. Meanwhile, a representative of the patient has been directed to approach Dr. R.N. Das, Medical Superintendent (Nursing Homes) at the Directorate of Health Services, GNCTD for getting the requisite amount sanctioned for the treatment of the patient.
Sarvesh has been left crippled and immobile because of the disease and urgently needs a hip and knee replacement surgery. He was admitted to AIIMS for the surgery, but the surgery could not be performed as he was unable to pay the amount of expenses of the surgery worth Rs. 8 lacs. The patient had thus filed a Writ Petition in Delhi High Court pleading that his condition would deteriorate if he is not provided free of cost treatment at AIIMS. On the last date of hearing i.e. 19.08.2014, the Court had issued notices to AIIMS, GNCTD and Central Government seeking their responses.
Advocate Ashok Agarwal relying upon Supreme Court Judgment in Aarushi Dhasmana case submitted that "Every life has an equal inherent value which is recognised by Article 21 of the Constitution and the Court is duty-bound to save that Life"
The next date of hearing in the matter has been fixed for 29.10.2014.
Ashok Agarwal, Advocate