Parents seek help to cure 4-year-old

BARIPADA: Life was hunky-dory for Raju and his parents till the four-year-old was diagnosed with ‘Hydrocephalus’. All he needs is immediate

Published: 21st February 2012 04:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:00 PM   |  A+A-

BARIPADA: Life was hunky-dory for Raju and his parents till the four-year-old was diagnosed with ‘Hydrocephalus’. All he needs is immediate specialist care.

 A tribal couple from Gobindapur village under Shyamakhunta block of Mayurbhanj district is running from pillar to post to get their only son cured. After having provided him the maximum care they can afford, his father Chandra Singh now looks for succour.

 “The disorder began when he was a two-year-old. His head started swelling and he expressed acute pain. We consulted local doctors who provided some relief but it did not last long,” said his daily wager father.

Raju again fell ill and complained of pain in the head. He was again rushed to the nearby Rangamatia health centre and treated. From rural quacks to the local primary health centre, the poor couple have exhausted all their fortune for curing the child but in vain.

 Doctors said Hydrocephalus occurs due to a problem with the flow of the fluid that surrounds the brain.  Physician PK Saloram Hansda said the disease is either congenital or acquired. “In Raju’s case it is not congenital,” he said.

The boy now needs to be treated by a specialist and has to undergo surgery, which is very expensive. “When I am struggling hard to maintain the five-member family, how can I visit a specialist,” questioned Chandra.

 The couple who are living in distress and have no regular source of income have appealed for financial assistance to meet the treatment cost. None has yet come to our rescue. I am scared of my son’s future, he said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp