Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Sai Student Treated For Bizarre Dermatological Condition

July 30, 2002
Puttaparthi, South India

A student at Easwaramma High School was treated by Super Speciality Hospital staff for a bizarre dermatological condition yesterday. Nurses removed almost a full liter of pus from the youth's face, scalp and chin area.

The teenager, Sridhar Balasubramanium, 14, has had severe acne for a couple of years, but his parents forbade him using any of the conventional over the counter remedies, on account of their Sai religion that forbids any medical treatments not in accordance with the ancient Hindu texts know as the Vedas. They insisted that he was only to be treated by regular application of the burnt cow dung ash that their guru, Sathya Sai Baba, is believed to materialize in profucion.

The attending physician, Dr. Dollyram told reporters that the boy could have had almost 100% relief from his symptoms from any of a number of free remedies at the local pharmacy.

Apparently the boy also suffered psychological trauma from his condition at the hands of bullies at his school that taunted him with cruel nicknames such as "pimple head" and "zit-ananda". Social workers are investigating the school, as well as the boy's household environment to determine the extent of abuse and whether or not to remand the youth to the care of a foster home. One of the nurses who worked on Sridhar said that his head really did look like one huge zit and that he had trouble even opening and closing his eyes, due to the swollen condition of his entire head.

Subramanium's treatment is still underway. Sai Baba could not be reached for comment.