Mukesh Kayastha, 28, known as the living martyr of the second Jana Andolan, has been spending his life in a vegetative state.full story »
Mukesh’s health, according to his guardians, slightly improved over the years following treatment and rehabilitation efforts but relapsed after he fell seriously ill in June last year. Earlier he could move at least his left arm, summon help when needed, swallowed liquid foods and hold himself upright on a wheelchair.
Kayastha was only 14 when he was hit in his temple by a shot fired by the security personnel during the second Jana Andolan in 2006, which left him immobile and speechless.
“Since 2006 he was recovering a little but last year on June 15, he
suffered a seizure. He was also diagnosed with pneumonia then. We took him to Scheer Memorial Hospital in Banepa and he was kept in the ICU for a 15-day treatment. Since then he has been in this semi-conscious state,” said Mira Kayastha, Mukesh’s mother.
The family members are looking after Mukesh at their residence in Banepa, Kavre. Mira, who has been caring her injured son for the past 13 years, urged the government to set up a rehabilitation centre for the injured of the two popular movements.
“We have been providing care [to Mukesh] so far. But how long will we be around? If there was a rehabilitation centre for victims such as Mukesh, then he would still be cared for after our demise,” she said.The government has been providing Rs15,000 monthly for his medical expenses and Rs 6,200 for a caretaker to the victims of Jana Andolan-II.