The devastating thing is her family cremated her body before they found her suicide note, which explained that she wanted to give her brother her kidney and her blind father her eyes. Truly heartbreaking.
Mumpy Sarkar, 12, from Jhorpara village, West Bengal killed herself so that her sick brother and father could live long lives, but sadly, she died in vain. It wasn’t until the day after her traditional cremation that her parents found her suicide note, addressed to her mother, in which she requested her eyes be given to her father Mirdul and her kidney to her brother, Monojit.
Heartbroken and distraught, Mumpy’s mother was in complete shock. “We were too late in understanding the feelings of a very sensitive child,” her father explains. The high school student grew more and more anxious as her parents would discuss her father and brother’s medical status.
Monojit was suffering from a damaged kidney, and his other one was failing as it worked to make up for it. And her father was slowly losing his vision, something he needed to work and support his family. It broke Mumpy’s heart.
The cost of medical procedures were beyond the family’s budget, so Mumpy decided the best way to solve the problem was to give up her own life for those she loved. She even asked her older sister Monica to commit suicide with her to support the “cause” on the morning of her death, June 27. Monica thought she was joking.
“Finding herself alone at home, Mumpy consumed Thiodan, a pesticide. Then she ran to meet her father, who was about half a kilometer away,” Tapas Tarafdar, the village council leader, explains.
“She told him that she had dreamt that someone had poured poison into her mouth and her stomach ached. Her alarmed father took her to a local pharmacy immediately where she was given some medicines. But her condition worsened soon and she had to be rushed to the local hospital. From there, she was referred to Anulia hospital, 40 miles away. But the doctors declared her dead.” Devastating.
Samir Poddar, the local state council representative, visited Mr. Sarkar this week and promised financial help for his treatment and that of his son Manojit. “We will be soon helping the family so that they could undertake necessary medical treatment,” he says. Wonderful news. This family deserves it.
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