Dr C Mohan Reddy (84), who used to charge just Rs 10 from poor patients for consultation in Chennai passed away. He had tested positive for COVID-19 on June 25 and was admitted to a private hospital where he made a full recovery.
Dr Reddy’s death has shaken many patients in the neighbourhood of Villivakkam, especially those in the slums there. One of the hospital’s nurses said the doctor even treated many patients for free when he found they did not have any money. He charged a nominal Rs 100 a day for admissions.
Born in 1936 in Nellore, Dr Reddy did his early education in Gudur and later, he graduated from the Kilpauk Medical College and became a general practitioner. He started the Mohan Nursing Home in Villivakkam, which has about 30 beds, just to serve the poor in and around the locality.
Dr Reddy who was unmarried he lived in his hospital to ensure he was available for patients even during odd hours. “We told him to come home and stay with us during lockdown but he said, who will be there for patients if I leave the hospital?” recalled by his brother Dr CMK Reddy.
For his philanthropic services, Dr Reddy was felicitated by the then Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah. Kalyanam Krishnamurthy, a close associate of Dr Reddy for 15 years, spoke of how “he used to donate to many organizations in the city. He also has made donations for schools in Villivakkam.”
Dr CMK Reddy recalled that his brother also donated to temples, mosques, churches, and orphanages in the area.