Heart patient wakes up to mystery
Saturday, December 14, 2002
HINDUSTAN TIMES, Kolkata (Calcutta)
HEART PATIENT WAKES UP TO MYSTERY
Amitava Banerjee, Darjeeling, December 13
You may have heard about telepathic healing and psychic cure, but
a heart patient who had undergone "Divine Surgery" is drawing huge
crowds in Takdah.
Sarala Chhettri (25) was to leave for Puttaparthi on December 12
for heart surgery. But Sarala's parents claim that they woke up
to find their daughter already "operated" upon. Nobody was seen or
heard entering the house in the night though.
The Chhettri home has been swarming with believers and sceptics
since then. People from across Darjeeling
, Kurseong and Kalimpong flocked to witness the
"miracle" and the blessed patient.
The Chhettris are disciples of Sai Baba and they believe the
operation was a "Divine Intervention." Sarala was diagnosed having
a heart ailment last year. She was being treated by a doctor from
Vellore , who visits Siliguri once a
month. He asked Sarala to go to Vellore
for surgery. But neither her father, Madan Kotwal, nor her
husband, Hari Karki, could afford the treatment. So they sought
Sai Baba's help.
"We decided to take her to Puttaparthi, as the surgery would be
free at Sai Baba's hospital, with minimal cost to us," said Mt.
On the morning of December 12, when Sarala's father went to wake
her up, she did not respond to repeated calls. So he pulled away
the blanket to find her chest was bandaged and there was post
operative surgical dressing, complete with gauze and leucoplast.
Her wrists had marks like those made by IV drips for saline or
blood. There were about 36 stitches running down the middle of
her chest to abdomen.
Sarala showed some signs of recovery from her "sleep" only the
following night, (Thursday 12 December), when she could not speak,
but gestured for some water. The following morning, Friday, the
family found that Sarala's dressings had been changed overnight,
and the old dressings left behind on the table next to her bed,
while Sarala was still not fully conscious.
"An X-ray will reveal whether a surgery had been performed or not.
A metal wire is used to tie the sternum together after cardiac
surgery and that will be revealed in the X-ray," a doctor said.