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Officials visit gravely ill “Friend of Bangladesh”-recipient

  • Published at 01:30 am July 24th, 2019
Lucy Holt-Barisal-Dhaka Tribune
Government officials visit Lucy Holt, the recipient of 'Friends of Liberation War Honour,' at her residence in Barisal on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Lucy, 89, has been suffering from old age complications, and was assured by the visiting officials of providing her with proper treatment

Top administrative and health directorate officials of Barisal paid a visit to Lucy Helen Frances Holt, a recipient of the government's “Friends of Liberation War Honour”, at her residential compound at Barisal Oxford Mission Church on Tuesday.

Lucy, 89, has been suffering from old age complications, and was assured by the visiting officials of providing her with proper treatment.

She became ill a month ago, after slipping and falling on the courtyard in front of her house, injuring her waist, and hip joint.

She later appealed to the Prime Minister for better treatment.

The visiting officials consisted of Ram Chandra Das, divisional commissioner, Ajiar Rahman, deputy commissioner, Dr Bakir Hossain, director at Sher E Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH), and Dr Manowar Hossain, district civil surgeon.

They gave her Tk1 lakh on behalf of the prime minister, and said more assistance will follow soon.

Dr Bakir Hossain said after they learned about her injuries, and other old age complications, her treatment at SBCMH would be done free of cost.

Lucy was born in St Helens, England on December 16, 1930.

She first came to the then-East Pakistan as a missionary for Barisal Oxford Mission Church in 1960. She was supposed to go back to Britain two years later, but stayed back after falling in love with the country, and its people.

She treated scores of freedom fighters, and other victims of the War of Liberation in 1971, for which she was awarded with the "Friends of Liberation War Honour" by the Government of Bangladesh, in March 2013.