Bajura District Hospital referred Dhauli Thapa, 30, of Badimalika Municipality to another health facility for further treatment, but her family took her home after they could not afford treatment expenses.

Dahuli has had feet infection for the last three months. Her relatives reached Dhauli to the district hospital. She received treatment for a week. Earlier, she took medicinal herbs, but there was no improvement.

She could not move her swollen feet.

According to Dr Gaurav Acharya at Bajura District Hospital, the disease would be diagnosed after the orthopaedic department carried out necessary tests. He said the district hospital had referred Dhauli to Kohalpur Medical College for further treatment. He said orthopaedic doctors would advise her whether surgery was required.

Dhauli is staying at home due to lack of money for treatment. Dhauli's husband Bir Bahadur Thapa urged all to help in her treatment. Dhauli's relatives said they had reached Badimalika Municipality office for help, but did not get any commitment. Locals said the municipality claimed it always stood by women, but this was not to be in Dhauli's case.

Meanwhile, municipality Mayor Padam Badauwal said that Rs 5,000 would be provided to the patient.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 22 2021, of The Himalayan Times.