British Mumbai attack victims abandoned by their own governmentMay 10th, 2009 - 3:26 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 10 (ANI): The British government and different authorities seems to have abandoned Will Pike and Kelly Doyle, who were seriously injured in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack, as they have been continuously neglected by the Foreign Office and their insurance company.
Pike, who was more seriously injured than his girlfriend Doyle, is disappointed by the government’s pathetic and hugely discouraging behavior.
After months of struggle to garner support for his treatment, a government department which offered him a final payment, from a Red Cross charity fund, of just 15,000 pounds to help him adjust to life in a wheelchair, the Guardian reports.
“When you read about these things in the paper, when they happen to other people, you assume there is some sort of system in place. You assume these people must be being looked after. But actually what we felt as the days and weeks passed, me and Kelly and my father, was a sense of despondency, of being let down, of just sinking through the system. We’ve been in this hole ever since,” Pike said.
After the medical team at Mumbai had arranged for Pike to be transferred to University College hospital (UCH), he was flown back to London.
It took Pike nine hours after arriving at UCH before being finally shifted to a medical ward, which shows the careless attitude of the concerned authorities.
Pike said he expected officials to visit him or at least get in contact with him or the family to offer some help, but it was not to be.
“I remember waking up every day at UCH thinking: ‘OK, someone will probably get in contact with us today.’ I remember even thinking I might get a call from Gordon Brown! I thought, this isn’t some everyday occurrence. I remember thinking it wouldn’t be too much to ask for the leader of the country to show a sign of condolence, a sign of caring,” he added. (ANI)
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