Report By: Nina Rai
Iaşi , Romania 10 Feb, 2012:
In a bizarre discovery an octogenarian completely sane was found to have been living comfortably, rent-free in a mental hospital in Iaşi Romania, for close to eight decades.
As a little child of 7 years, Ilie Ciurcov (87) was admitted to one of the units of the mental health hospital in Romania. So much so Ciurcov became almost like a part of the furniture at the hospital, having resided there for such a long period of time.
It was by chance that the pensioner’s little secret was discovered. It so happened that the health chiefs finding the hospital cash-strapped, ordered a routine audit of the books in a bid to cut costs. That was when Ciurcov’s cat was let off the bag, so to speak.
Ciurcov is understood to have joked then: 'I always meant to leave but it was so comfortable here I just kept quiet.' His is truly a sad case of a child having been abandoned by his mother and so had no choice then but to spend his life in a mental ward.
Putting the entire scenario in perspective, a health authority spokesperson explained 'The staff at the time took pity on him when his mother said she could no longer afford to feed him and no-one ever reviewed the decision.'
Now at the last lap of his life, it’s really not known if he will be asked to leave or stay on at the hospital, which is his only real home in the world.
Would appreciate if readers would give their opinion, whether Ciurcov should be allowed to stay, on humanitarian grounds or made to leave as per rules?
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