Woman travels from Malaysia to Kochi for new limbs, gets stranded in lockdown
Kochi: Menaka had arrived in Kochi from Malaysia, in search of new hands to replace those chopped off by her husband. But the Covid pandemic and the lockdown trapped her life in the walls of a two-room house here.
Menaka and her son Aravind are staying near the Amrita hospital in Edappally. One room converts as living and kitchen. Also the only possession they have, a bicycle, also finds space in the middle of the room.
Donning a t-shirt with quote ‘Love and Ice-cream’, Menaka came out from the adjacent small room on her artificial legs. She can’t walk long, as the body losses balance.
Menaka has been locked here since March. She has lost her cheery smile to the long wait. Now she resort to pills to sleep and can’t take tension.
Menaka Krishnan (51), a Malaysian citizen, had heard of limb transplant surgery in Amrita hospital and arrived here for it. She has been waiting for new hands for two years.
“My son and daughter is staying with relatives. Life has become too expensive,” she said. Both Menaka and Aravind spoke of how dark their lockdown days have been.
“It has been difficult. We are trying to cut short expenses, even on food. In the morning there is just a tea. For lunch rice and curry. There is no dinner as eating rice at night helps in putting on weight.”
Aravind, the younger son, does all the household works including cooking. He also helps Menaka in everything.
It was in 2014, Menaka’s husband chopped off her hands during a fight between the couple over some misunderstanding. He later committed suicide. Many people helped Menaka in collecting money for the limb transplant surgery. Dr Subrahmanya Ayyar at Amrita hospital is treating her.
Menaka spends each of her lockdown days hoping for the new hands.