I would rather suffer and die than getting admitted in hospital – Fr Stan Swamy to HC

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BM Bureau, May 22 : 84 years old Jesuit priest Stan Swamy, who was produced before the Bombay High Court on Friday said that his health has deteriorated steadily since his arrest, but he would rather “suffer and possibly die” than getting treatment at a state-run hospital here.

He was produced through video conferencing from Taloja prison in front of Justices S J Kathawalla and S P Tavade . Fr Swamy is under trial in the Elgar Parishad-Maoists links case.

Fr Swamy was earlier examined medically by the prison authorities a report for which was produced to the High Court.

According to medical report, Fr Swamy suffers from extreme hearing loss in both ears, his upper limbs were sluggish and suffered tremors. He also requires physical assistance in the form of walking stick or wheelchair. However, his overall condition including the pulse rate was stable and Swamy was “responsive” and “cooperative,” the report said.

“I was brought here eight months ago. When I came to Taloja, my whole system, my body was still very functional. But during these eight months, I have gone through a steady regression of all bodily functions,” Swamy said.

“Eight months ago I myself could take a bath; could walk; could do some writing, but all of these are disappearing. Taloja jail has brought me to this situation where I can neither write nor go for a walk by myself. Somebody has to feed me through a spoon,” he said.

“I would rather suffer and possibly die instead of getting admitted in state government hospital. I would rather be in Ranchi with my friends,” Swamy said, insisting that he be granted interim bail instead.

However, the court was hearing a petition regarding hospital admission only and not on bail.

Fr Swamy’s advocate, senior counsel Mihir Desai said that since he is a priest, he has taken a approach  ‘forgive them, for they do not know what they do’.

The HC directed the Taloja prison to follow all the recommendations made by J J Hospital on providing health facilities and treatment to Swamy while in prison.

As per his counsel Mihir Desai, Fr Swamy suffers from Parkinson’s disease and several other ailments.

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