Fund shortage blocks 12-yr-old's surgery

Published: 14th September 2016 06:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th September 2016 06:45 AM   |  A+A-

KENDRAPARA: Parents of a 12-year-old boy suffering from a rare medical condition, born without an anus opening, have been running from pillar to post for financial aid. Deepak Swain of Sanajari village under Mahakalapada block in Kendrapara district was born without an anus hole. The doctors of SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack had performed colostomy (creating an opening in the abdominal wall) within two months of his birth to divert the flow of stool. For the last 12 years, he has been releasing solid waste into plastic bag.  With his increasing age, the boy will have to go under the knife for survival. Deepak’s parents have no money for the operation which will have to be conducted in a private hospital in Mumbai.   However, Deepak’s father Sudam Swain, who works as daily wager, has not lost hope. “Recently, I took my son to a private nursing home at Cuttack and the doctors demanded C1.5 lakh for the operation. I returned with my son as it was impossible on my part to arrange the huge amount,” said a dejected Sudam.  Deepak, a Class VI student in Ameyepala Upper Primary School, has received some support from school authorities but that is too meagre to meet his surgery expenses.   The family is now hoping for public support to turn Deepak’s life around.

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