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Noble gesture: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin (third left) calling on P.S. Vaithilingam (right) who underwent an orthopaedic surgery under the Kalaignar Insurance Scheme at Ganga Hospital in Coimbatore on Wednesday. Director of the Hospital S. Rajasekaran(left), Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy (second left) and Union Communications and Information Technology Minister A. Raja (fourth left) are in the picture.
Noble gesture: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin (third left) calling on P.S. Vaithilingam (right) who underwent an orthopaedic surgery under the Kalaignar Insurance Scheme at Ganga Hospital in Coimbatore on Wednesday. Director of the Hospital S. Rajasekaran(left), Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy (second left) and Union Communications and Information Technology Minister A. Raja (fourth left) are in the picture.

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One of them was admitted to hospital based on an oral appeal

COIMBATORE: Forty-four-year-old P.S. Vaithilingam had a second surprise at Ganga Hospital here on Wednesday, even as he was yet to recover from the first one: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin visited him at the hospital in which he underwent an orthopaedic surgery on Tuesday.

The first surprise was that Mr. Stalin personally ensured that Mr. Vaithilingam was admitted to the hospital, following the patient’s wife, V.L. Mullaichelvi’s representation here early this month.

On his visit to the city earlier this month, Mr. Stalin had visited a party member’s house. At that time, Ms. Mullaichelvi, who was among the crowd waiting to see Mr. Stalin, approached him and appealed for help for her bed-ridden husband.

She apprised Mr. Stalin of the multiple fractures Mr. Vaithilingam had suffered in a road accident in 2007 and how he was yet to recover fully.

Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy recalled at an insurance-related function on Monday how Mr. Stalin followed up the case. While emplaning for Chennai, Mr. Stalin had asked Mr. Palanisamy to follow up the case. He called again after reaching Chennai and once more later. Mr. Palanisamy and others traced Mr. Vaithilingam and got him admitted to Ganga Hospital on Saturday for surgery under the Kalaignar Insurance Scheme for Life-Saving Treatment.

Director of the hospital and head of orthopaedics and spine surgery S. Rajasekaran said that after a series of surgeries elsewhere, he was now in this hospital for a complex arthroscopic reconstruction of ligaments in the knee.

The Deputy Chief Minister enquired about Mr. Vaithilingam’s condition with Dr. Rajasekaran. Ms. Mullaichelvi thanked Mr. Stalin and Mr. Palanisamy for acting on her oral appeal.

Accompanied by Mr. Palanisamy and Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology A. Raja, Mr. Stalin also called on a teenaged boy who underwent hand re-plantation. The left hand was severed when it was caught in a conveyor belt in an industrial unit in Dharmapuri.

He also called on a 14-year-old girl from Dharmapuri with severe spine deformity and a 50-year-old woman from Karur who underwent knee-joint replacement. The surgeries for all the three were covered by the insurance scheme.

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