Mimin Kipgen undergoes surgery

13 August 2017

From Our Correspondent


Seiminsang alias Mimin Kipgen who is suffering from Hydrocephalus has finally reached Imphal on August 7 with a hope for a cure.

The child is from the border village of India and Myanmar, Govajang and travelled almost 113 Km. looking for an effective treatment of his head which has swollen upto a circumference of 70 centimetres. Son of a daily wage earner, Mimin’s rare condition made headlines on August 5 in the state and drawn wide attention globally. Earlier, a similar condition was found with the Tripura born Roona Begum and had undergone the first surgery on August 8 at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) at Imphal.

With the financial help of Rs 20,000 from Genhison WhatsApp group, the poor family decided to bring the boy at the state capital. Staffs of Moreh primary health centre went to the village to bring the boy to Imphal as directed by the higher authority. The health department officials also assisted the boy and his parents on the way to reach Imphal.

The mother of the boy, Nengneithem Kipgen declined the approach the state health department saying that her hopes were shattered when she first approached Moreh primary health centre. The Moreh PHC staffs took us by all means as directed by the higher authority bringing a new hope for the child, said Nengneithem.

She further said that Mimin was then admitted at JNIMS where investigation and various test were conducted the same afternoon they reached and by late evening doctors informed about surgery to be done the next morning on August 8 at RIMS. Mimin was operated on the left side of his head and his abdomen on the right side.

Meanwhile, Kuki Students' Organisation (KSO) expressed its dissatisfaction over the poor medical services rendered to the boy who is shifted to the Post Operation Ward and staying with around 10 other post-surgery patients with such a complicated case. KSO also conveyed its disappointment to the state media stating that no news or story of the boy was seen carried in the local newspapers or electronic media till today even nearly a week after he was brought to the state capital.

While the world is paying attention to Mimin, the state health minister is yet to visit the boy at the hospital. Moreover, the state government could have approached the Fortis Foundation for treatment of the poor boy free of cost, added KSO.

It may be mentioned that donations poured in from various NGOs and WhatsApp groups when the news of the poor boy hit headlines on August 5 morning, followed by a donation drive at Kuki Inn by KSO, Imphal Branch.


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