Subhasini Mistry, 70 years old is living her life with satisfaction when she looks at the two storied hospital named ‘Humanity Hospital’ (a charitable hospital), her dream hospital for the poor.
At the age of 23, she lost her husband Sadhan Chandra, an agriculture worker, who fell sick while working on the pad0dy farm. He was suffering from diarrhea; he was taken to the hospital where doctors and nurses didn’t pay attention to him, as they were poor and didn’t have any money for the treatment.
“When my husband passed away, I was in shock initially. Then I realized I had four hungry mouths to feed. I had no education and couldn’t even tell the time. So I decided I would do whatever work that was available,” says Subhasini Mistry.
During that time she took care of four children by working as a housemaid, a manual laborer, and also sold vegetables.
She said she had a difficult time making ends meet. “It was a difficult journey as I had to feed my four children. I could not afford the expenses so one of my son (Ajay) grew up in an orphanage. Now, he is working day and night to run this hospital. I would like to request the government to fund us so that we can give salaries to meet hospital expenses.”
In 1996, Humanity Hospital was established in Hanspukar village near Kolkata with the vision to serve medical treatment to poor people. The hospital was inaugurated by then- West Bengal governor, K.V. Raghunath Reddy. Apart from this charity hospital, Subhasini dream was to see one of her children as a doctor in the same hospital was fulfilled by her younger son, Ajoy.
“Currently, we have two hospitals which are serving the people of Bengal. One is located at my village in Hanskhali, Nadia district, and another at Sundarbans. I am very happy to get the award but I would like to request all hospitals in the world, please don’t refuse a patient who needs immediate medical attention. My husband died because he was refused admission and I don’t want anyone else to die in a similar way.” the Padma Shri Awardee told News18.
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Seeing her dedication to serving the society at various platforms, she has been awarded the fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri. Not only this, but she had also received Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award in the mind-of-steel category, in 2009.
Subhasini says, ‘no one should be denied medical attention’. With this fundamental message in her mind, major surgeries take place in her hospital for less than Rs. 5000, whereas minor ailments are taken care of for Rs. 10 only. She has also started another hospital at Sundarbans.