According to family members of Pranati, she developed heart problem a year ago when she was posted at Timanpur in Nuapada district with. As the disease required regular treatment, she got transferred to her home district Puri and worked at Chhaitana Primary Health Centre under Gopa block.
However, Pranati is no longer able to go to the PHC, as she remains bed-ridden and survives on oxygen support. Despite battling severe financial hardship, Pranati’s family members took her to a private hospital in Bengaluru last year where an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) was planted inside her chest.
Unfortunately, that ICD has stopped working, causing serious breathing problems. Last December, they had sought financial help from Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF). Acting on a complaint of rights activist Akhand, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued notices to Secretary of Health & Family Welfare department, Odisha and Puri District Collector Mr. Arabinda Agarwal. The commission had asked the concerned authorities to submit a report on Pranati’s health conditions and
treatment meted out to her.