Quadriplegic software engineer meets mother after eight years

March 9th, 2008 - 10:22 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) Eyes brimming with tears said it all. It was an emotional moment for Vidyavati, who met her software engineer son Manjunath Kalpani at the city’s Safdarjung Hospital Sunday, eight years after he went to the US only to return paralysed neck down. Vidyavati said that she was happy to see her son. “I hope Manjunath gets the best treatment,” she told reporters after meeting her son.

Manjunath’s dream to succeed came crashing down when he met with a serious car accident May 1, 2002. He was 27 then. Manjunath was going home from Nashville in the US when his car spun out of control and hit a tree. His spine was badly injured, rendering him immobile.

As his parents could not afford his treatment, Manjunath stood virtually abandoned by them for eight long years. “We were not in a position to finance his treatment. He was getting treated in the US,” she said. Vidyavati is based in Koppal, Karnataka.

Manjunath was brought to Delhi March 5 in an ambulance from Northside Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, to the Palam airport, from where he was taken to Safdarjung Hospital.

The hospital administration is doing everything possible to stabilise Manjunath’s condition.

“Investigations suggest that Manjunath has severe chest infection. There are other complications as well. He is being accordingly treated. We have put him on ventilator, and hope he stabilises soon,” said Jagdish Prasad, hospital superintendent.

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