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Cops walk extra mile to take dementia patient home


KOLKATA: A 70-year-old Alipore Avenue resident and a dementia patient, who had stepped out of her house on Thursday evening most effective to fail to remember her long ago, was once reunited along with her family by means of the New Alipore police after a number of hours. Police walked along with her for nearly an hour till past due at night in the lanes and by-lanes resulting in Alipore Avenue searching for a “Kajaria” nameplate till they found her nervous and concerned husband. The elderly couple’s children, who stay in another country, on Friday reached out to the New Alipore cops to express their private gratitude through Skype, also narrating how distraught and helpless they were till their mom returned house past due night.

Before the cops, however, it was once a 41-year-old Durgapur Colony resident Biswajit Das who first noticed the woman, anxious and tired, status near B P Poddar Hospital. It was once evening and soon to be dark. “She looked very tired and informed me son, I have misplaced my house,” Das mentioned. “I took it very casually. I informed her again, aunty, the home is the place it is, you've got misplaced. And then I realised she was once crying. I felt very bad at myself. She looked from a correct family. She had a gold chain on her neck with a diamond pendant, gold bangles and rings. I made her sit down, offered her some water and requested for her title. She was once struggling to take into account that, she looked stressed. Then she blurted out a few numbers. The first set of numbers were a flawed number. And then she kept announcing 13-14-digit numbers. I used to be scared for her. And I didn’t suppose it was once secure in any respect to ship her away in a taxi as she kept insisting,” Das mentioned. So, he knowledgeable the New Alipore police.



When the elderly girl was once brought to the police station and made to sit down, she may just after some time most effective recollect “Kajaria”. Police couldn’t observe down a unmarried lacking case which matched her main points of their central server. At the similar time, the New Alipore OC Amit Shankar Mukherjee posted her photograph in quite a lot of native WhatsApp groups of which he is a member. An officer mentioned the only Kajaria they could immediately recollect is the Kajaria Tiles place of work in the neighborhood. Cops first approached them seeking to connect to other Kajaria households. They provided some leads in the Alipore Avenue house. Meanwhile, Mukherjee began getting a number of responses from individuals who mentioned she belonged to a family in Alipore Avenue. “But none may just particularly give us her address,” an officer mentioned. So, together with the police officers in tow, the woman was once taken to the Alipore Avenue house. “She may just now not immediately recollect the road, so we also kept checking the nameplates along the stretches,” an officer mentioned.


After a search, which took as regards to 50 minutes, police after all discovered the nameplate they were searching for at 2J Alipore Avenue, which fell underneath the Alipore police station. The girl, too, after all recognised her house and stepped in. Once inside of, she was once reunited along with her extremely nervous husband. “Her husband, who could also be very outdated, informed us that his spouse suffered from bouts of dementia. After she may just now not be discovered, they were helplessly searching for her around. They were mulling to approach the police for help,” an officer mentioned. “The husband was once extremely helpless. He, too, is very outdated and all their children stay outside Kolkata. Together they were anxious,” the officer added. On Friday morning, Mukherjee were given a call on Skype from the woman’s son, who individually conveyed to him their gratitude for help bringing their mom house.


The girl may just both be in the preliminary levels of dementia or affected by ‘brief amnesia’, consistent with RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) consultant Arindam Biswas. “Transient amnesia triggers transient reminiscence loss. It keeps routine however won't get worse. Sudden reminiscence loss may be a sign of dementia. If it’s dementia then the bouts gets regularly longer and intense,” mentioned Biswas.


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