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UP: Muscular Dystrophy patients stage hunger strike seeking Centre’s assistance for treatment – Business Standard

A mother-daughter duo suffering from Muscular Dystrophy embarked on a hunger strike demanding assistance from the Centre for medical treatment or permission to undergo euthanasia or mercy killing.

The patients, Anamika Mishra, and her mother Shashi Mishra, who are residents of Yashoda Nagar here, alleged that they were forced to go on strike as the government failed to respond to multiple letters written by them seeking medical treatment.

“I have written several letters to the President, Prime Minister, and Chief Justice of India. However, we have not received any response so far. I have written to the leaders to either provide assistance for our medical treatment or grant me permission for mercy killing. I will continue this hunger strike until I receive a proper response from the authorities,” Anamika told ANI.

Furthermore, a protestor and helper of the duo stated that although their food and basic needs were being taken care of, medical treatment was unaffordable, and therefore, urged the government to offer assistance to the patients.

“Between 2014 and 2017, Anamika wrote nearly 11 letters, but did not receive a reply on any of them. We are able to take care of their basic needs, but the cost of medical treatment is very high for us to pay.

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