Nilufer Jehangir Katrak – Medical Assistance
Medical Assistance Appeal for Mrs. Nilufer Jehangir Katrak
I have received an appeal from Mr. Jehangir Noshirwan Katrak for his wife Nilufer Katrak age 47 years. They live in Shapurji Bharucha Baug, Andheri.
Nilufer was diagnosed for breast cancer on February 4, 2010, and was operated for modified Radical Mastectomy on May 18, 2010 at Bharatiya Arogya Nidhi General Hospial by Dr.Ratna S. Parikh, General surgeon and Breast Specialist.
Jehangir is a part-time mobed at Patel Agiary in Andheri (west). Jehangir earns approx. Rs.200/- per day (depending only on availability of prayers to be done), Erv. Kersi Katila Panthaki of the Patel Agiary and who also resides at Shapurji Bharucha Baug, has referred this case. Jehangir’s 83 year old father Mr. Noshirwan J. Katrak, who has retired and lives at Umbergan (Gujarat State) sends him Rs.3,000/- per month. But his health is also failing now. Jehangir does not have any other job from where he can earn a living. Jehangir also has 79 years old mother who lives with him in Bombay. His wife Nilufer is a housewife who used cook and supply meals and Jehangir used to help her out at home. Since the operation she has been advised not to exert too much and hence the only income they used to have from supplying meals has been stopped.
Nilufer has been advised rest for at least another 1 year, till the wounds are completely healed and the test results shows she is out of danger. At the moment she is unable to make use of right hand.
They had applied to various charitable trusts, and have gratefully received a total sum of Rs.1,31,000/- (details of the fund received are with Jehangir). The cost for the operation, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, medication etc. has gone above Rs.2,30,00/- which was met from their meager savings, as they do not have a Medical Policy or any other savings.
The income they have at the moment, from praying at the agiary and what his father sends is not enough for the day to expenses + the medical cost. Nilufer is required to go through all the tests again by April end, and they do not have any funds left to go for the check up.
All the Medical reports, receipts etc are available with them.
Katrak’s live at the below address:
Mrs. Nilufer Jehangir Katrak
Q/16, Shapurji Bharucha Baug,
S.V.Road, Andheri (west),
Bombay 400 058
Little help from all of us will help this couple tide over their difficult trying times. Whatever help you desire to extend to this couple will be greatly appreciated and Acknowledged.
You may, if you wish to help this couple, please send your cheques/cash directly in the name of Mrs. Nilufer Jehangir Katrak at their address given above.
May God Bless you with abundance always, to extend a helping hand.
Thank You. Regards,
Thrity Yazdi Tantra – 9821754901
Benaifer Kushroo Mehta – 9892313020
Isn’t it a shame that in today’s times our mobed sahebs are paid just Rs.200 per day? An unskilled construction labourer earns Rs.300 – 350 per day. A skilled mason draws Rs.750 per day. A technician who calls on us for repairs of any electrical appliance charges Rs.300 – Rs.500 for an hour’s job.
Is there any wonder that in today’s times priests are hard to find? Cannot all the Panthakys, Agyari trustees and High priests come together and formulate a scheme whereby a mobed saheb can draw a reasonable income to sustain himself and his family independantly?
I thought Jimmy Mistry one of our BPP Trustees was doing something about the medical insurance for the Mobeds and their families?