Mrs DeMellow was hospitalised in August, 2012 after a pelvic injury and was operated upon by Dr Pradeep Sharma, an eminent surgeon, at the Holy Family Hospital. She continues to make excellent progress. She is now able to stand and walk around with a bit of support.
There is now compelling pressure from the Hospital, though one must compliment them for their compassion, to effect her early discharge lest she contract a hospital infection. Mr Ishwar Bhatia, her principal care giver, family friend and guardian has been frantically trying to find an old age home for Mrs DeMellow. He is of the opinion that she can no longer live by herself even with the support of staff since she needs full time medical assistance. She needs greater support and has now finally reconciled to an idea that she had resisted for far too long.
We had, through the kind assistance of Mrs Harmala Gupta (CanSupport), obtained the option of the Grant Govan Home in Old Delhi. However, that place, built in 1940, for Anglo-Indians will not serve Mrs DeMellow’s needs sufficiently though the option remains open until a better alternative can be found. One possibility being pursued is an old age home in Dwarka. Unfortunately, that possibility is taking time to fructify and there is now an urgency in finding a suitable place for Mrs DeMellow. If any OC is aware of any old age home for a patient whose is 96, then please do not fail to respond. My thanks.
I am sending, as an attachment to this mail, the statement of funds for the benefit of Mrs DeMellow. The statement records the list of donors (and to whom they sent in their amounts). Any amounts sent directly to the OCA are not reflected since they have not been credited to this account so far. For your information, we have paid a monthly amount of Rs 10,000 into Mrs DeMellow’s account from June to August this year. We have recently disbursed an amount of Rs 67,360 to Mr Ishwar Bhatia to reimburse him for the payments he has made to the Holy Family Hospital against the bills generated. Copies of these bills were made available to us.
By the time Mrs DeMellow is discharged from hospital, which we hope will be soon, her total hospitalisation will cost approximately Rs 80,000 – 85,000, provided she does not undergo any additional procedures. These details are for your information and should any body require further information as to the deployment of these funds, please do not hesitate to write to me.
In the meanwhile, we would welcome any further contributions from good hearted Samaritans. There is never a shortage of these but I want to make sure that we have enough funds to sustain a woman who is tough and determined. God bless her!! She is hardened but she is lovable as well and needs all the support that she can get. I think she is also lucky to have linkages with an organisation such as the OCA. We are committed. We believe that Melville, if he were alive, would have done just the same for this fraternity and its members. We owe it to his memory and the spirit of the OCA to keep Mrs DeMellow alive and well till the end of her days. We will do our best.
I am beginning to like the Nike sign off “Just Do It” but our motto “Overcome Evil With Good” is more meaningful. It has more depth and it has staying power. I wish there was a way to combine the former with the latter. Actually, have we not done that with this effort ? I have only you all to thank for your support and it encourages us to do more !!
My kind regards
B M Singh
President – OCA India
You can view/download: OCA India – Mrs Demellow fund accounts