Ahmedabad: For a critically injured child Hiten Solanki’s father Dinesh, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani is no less than God. Hiten, all of eight, was struggling between life and death in the Intensive Care Unit of a private hospital, while his father was running from pillar to post to arrange for money to pay the hefty hospital bill of Rs 2.5 lakh.
But that was only till Sunday evening, when everything changed for him.
An emotional Dinesh Solanki, 27, describes to First Post, his story with Rupani. “It was a surprise Sunday morning call around 8.00 a.m. on my cell phone. When I received the call, the other person introduced himself as Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister. For a while, I just could not believe my ears.”
“He said don’t worry about the hospital bill, whatever be the amount, the State Government will take care of it.” Solanki, a daily wage earner, went on, “For me the Chief Minister is no less than God. If I had not got the financial help, I don’t know what I would have done.”
He lives in Pandoli village in the Anand district’s Karamsad taluka (tehsil) and does daily labour on construction sites and hardly manages a salary of Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000 a month.
He said about a fortnight ago, he, along with his child, was returning from work in the evening when a menacing dog popped up from the bushes nearby and attacked them.
“When both of us attempted to run, we fell. Since the ground was too hard, I broke my two teeth and Hiten suffered injury in head. I too was unconscious for some time, till our neighbours came searching for us found in the fields and rushed us to the Krishna Hospital,” Solanki said.
Hiten was critical and was admitted in the ICU. The bill jumped to Rs. 2.5 lakh.
“I sold gold bangles of my wife and arranged Rs. 50,000 as initial payment. For more funds, I had no other option but to appeal to donors through the social media and newspapers. This is how the chief minister would have to come know about our financial condition and must have decided to help us,” he said.