• Short Summary

    A WOMAN FROM MAURITIUS LIVING IN LONDON, 27-YEAR-OLD MRS. HUGUETTE RAMALINGUM, IS BEING KEPT ALIVE?

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    MRS. RAMALINGUM ARRIVING WITH HER HUSBAND, MR. CLAUDE RAMALINGUM, AT THE ROYAL FREE HOSPITAL IN HAMPSTEAD; GREETED BY DR. STANLEY SHALDON, THE HOSPITAL DIRECTOR; SECTION CONTAINING AN ARTIFICIAL KIDNEY MACHINE; MRS. RAMALINGUM WITH THE MACHINE; MRS. RAMALINGUM MEETS ANOTHER PATIENT RECEIVING TREATMENT FROM ANOTHER MACHINE; MR. AND MRS; RAMALINGUM LEAVE.




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    Background: A WOMAN FROM MAURITIUS LIVING IN LONDON, 27-YEAR-OLD MRS. HUGUETTE RAMALINGUM, IS BEING KEPT ALIVE BY THE GENEROSITY OF HER NEIGHBOURS. RECENTLY MRS. RAMALINGUM, WHO SUFFERS FROM A NORMALLY FATAL KIDNEY DISEASE, WAS TOLD SHE COULD HAVE THE TEMPORARY USE OF AN "ARTIFICIAL KIDNEY" MACHINE IF SHE BOUGHT ONE OF HER OWN - AN HER NEIGHBOURS ARE RAISING THE GBP3000 TO BUY IT.

    MRS. RAMALINGUM CAME TO BRITAIN FROM MAURITIUS ONLY TWO YEARS AGO, AND SPEAKS HARDLY ANY ENGLISH. JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HER 42-YEAR-OLD HUSBAND, WHO IS AN ELECTRONICS ENGINEER, WAS TOLD HIS WIFE WOULD DIE WITHIN TWO WEEKS UNLESS SHE COULD OBTAIN AN ARTIFICIAL KIDNEY MACHINE.

    DR. SHALDON OF THE ROYAL FREE HOSPITAL SAID MRS. RAMALINGUM COULD HAVE TEMPORARY USE OF ONE OF THE HOSPITAL MACHINES. THESE, USED FOR 14 HOURS TWICE A WEEK BY THE PATIENT, PURIFY THE BLOOD IN THE MANNER OF A HEALTHY KIDNEY. HOWEVER, THE HOSPITAL ALREADY HAS 16 PATIENTS USING ITS MACHINES, AND COULD NOT ACCOMMODATE ANY MORE ON A PERMANENT BASIS.

    MRS. RAMALINGUM'S OWN DOCTOR IN THE EAST LONDON SUBURBS OF WHITECHAPEL OPENED UP A FUND IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD TO RAISE MONEY TO BUY HER AN ARTIFICIAL LUNG MACHINE, AND DONATIONS HAVE BEEN GENEROUS. WHEN IT IS PURCHASED, MR. RAMALINGUM WILL INSTALL THE MACHINE IN THEIR HOME.

    THE RAMALINGUMS HAVE TWO CHILDREN, AGED 6 AND 4, IN MAURITIUS, AND ANOTHER, AGED 3, WITH FOSTER PARENTS IN LONDON. NOW THAT THEIR MOTHER HAS A CHANCE TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE, MR. RAMALINGUM PLANTS TO REUNITE THE FAMILY IN LONDON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACUJCZ8HW1FP1OQH2X6O5UTRKD
    Media URN:
    VLVACUJCZ8HW1FP1OQH2X6O5UTRKD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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