Bacchi Devi and the Patna Sisters
Bacchi Devi is suffering from abdominal tuberculosis and many other serious illnesses. She is one of the beggars on the busy streets in the mega city of Patna in Bihar. Bacchi considers SCN provincial House as her second home. Bacchi visits the provincial house every morning for her medicines and food. The day she feels strong enough, she continues with her begging. And after her day’s work, Bacchi stops by to take her medicine and to eat a hot meal before she retires to her dilapidated hut in one of the congested slums on the banks of the river Ganges. She looks forward to going out on the major feasts of any religion. People give alms generously on feast days. Lately, her physical health is deteriorating. Whenever an SCN nurse or doctor visits the Provincial House, Mercy Thundathil, SCN, administrator, asks them to see Bacchi and ask for suggestions to improve her health. This morning, Latika Kottuppallil was looking at the swollen hand of Bacchi. Bacchi feels comforted when Sisters are around her. It’s a compassionate mission that started a few years ago.
Each administrator takes up the job of caring for Bacchi as their priority. Sister Mercy is truly being merciful to her. Bacchi needs to visit the hospital quite often. Whenever Bacchi needs medical supervision, Sister Mercy admits her at Kurji Holy Family Hospital, Patna. Sister Mercy also sees to her personal and nutritional needs. Bacchi feels at home with the Sisters.
Bacchi Devi has no relatives. Her husband, a cycle rickshaw puller, died a few years ago.