6 Feb 2013The Times of India (Mumbai edition)Sumitra Deb RoyTNN Mumbai:
Shelter home takes in freedom fighter who was lingering on at St George Hospital, was taken to Mother Teresa’s Asha Daan Shelter Home in Byculla on Tuesday.
TOI had reported how D’Souza, a veteran of the Goa Liberation Movement, had been staying at the hospital for over two months as she had nowhere to go.
Her daughter and granddaughter who live in Dubai and Canada respectively were contacted by the hospital, but they had not responded positively until Monday.
The hospital’s social service superintendent, Vibhute Dattatreya, had got in touch with the family, who had earlier said they were not in a position to help D’Souza. “But now the granddaughter has promised to soon come to Mumbai and take care of her The 92-year-old homeless Goan freedom fighter, Laura Rodricks D’Souza, grandmother,” he said, adding that she may also get D’Souza’s daughter along.
D’Souza had a son who is no more.
Dattatreya informed the granddaughter that D’Souza has been shifted to the Byculla shelter home. “The police told us that Asha Daan has agreed to take care of her. She was under the care of Asha Daan even before she was brought here,” he said.
A qualified ayurveda graduate, D’Souza was staying in Hyderabad with one of her Colaba neighbours. The neighbour brought her to Mumbai and admitted her to the hospital after she developed a swelling on her leg, became very weak, and had difficulty in breathing.
Abraham Mathai, president of the Harmony Foundation, said: “It is heart breaking that a mother has to depend on public mercy for shelter and care while her own children are settled abroad.” He, too, appealed to the shelter home to take D’Souza under their care.