Vimala

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Dr Amirtha visits Vimala, 75, who has been bed ridden for the last five years and suffers from hypertension. Vimala is classed as being ‘BPL’ (Below the Poverty Line) by the government and sleeps directly on a hard wooden board on her bed in a house made of breeze blocks and mud. Her husband passed away and she is looked after by her daughter-in-law Syamela, 45, and a neighbour who visits her regularly. When the team visited Vimala, she was very disorientated and largely unable to communicate. When Dr Amirtha asked if she remembered her name, Vimala responded, ‘Yes, I do’.