Thirteen-year- old Dharmander Kumar got the opportunity to reunite with his father at Childline the other day. But owing to bad health, sadly, he could not go with him to his home town of Bettiah in West Champaran district of Bihar. Now he has to stay at Don Bosco Nivas in the city for one more week, until his health condition is perfectly normal.
On finding him at the Central Railway station, the police had brought him to Childline on November 24. After reaching there, he fell sick and was diagnosed with typhoid.
“He had intermittent fever and we rushed him to Medical College Hospital and was referred to General Hospital. Again, he was admitted to Medical College Hospital and was diagnosed with typhoid,” said Fr Thomas P D, director of Childline.
Under ‘Thalolam’ scheme, his medical expenses were taken care of by the hospital. He was discharged from the hospital a few days ago and it was decided to keep him at Childline for a week more until he regained health completely.
Dharmander is the eldest of four children of Belas Mahatho and Silkandi Devi. He was engaged in bag-making at Delhi, from where he reached Kerala with a another person in search of better job opportunities. He lost his way and was noticed by the police.
His father worked at a wheat farm in Punjab. Childline traced his family by contacting Majhaullia police station.