Forty-two-year-old Aause Kami of Gaumul Rural Municipality, Bajura, has been left in the lurch for want of treatment.

Aause's wife Sauni Kami said the treatment expenses could not be managed even though her husband was referred to another health facility from Bajura District Hospital and Bayalpata Hospital in the district.

Aause's right foot was amputated due to cancer about 12 years ago. He said his right foot was amputated in Kohalpur Medical College. He said his left leg needed the same procedure as some incurable problem appeared in the left foot. "My relatives took me to Bajura District Hospital and Bayalpata Hospital for treatment," he said.

Aause said what he had developed in his left foot could not be cured even though he had used medicines. Aause said he could not afford to travel to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu for treatment due to lack of money. He said he was at home. He added that his foot was not cured even though he reached the local health post and hospital.

His wife Sauni said she had requested help for her husband's treatment.

She said she did not have money to go to Kathmandu. "I have sold everything for my husband's treatment.

I don't even have vehicle fare to reach Kathmandu," she added. "I took my husband to Achham-based health facility leaving two kids at home, but took him back home after treatment was impossible there,"

Sauni said in tears. She is now roaming here and there in search of help for her husband's treatment in Martadi.

She is searching the donors. Locals said she had nothing but a thatched roof house in the name of property.

Rural Municipality chairman Hari Bahadur Rokaya said the rural municipality office provided support for minor treatment, but couldn't afford treatment expenses.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 19, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.