STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Anvitha keeps Hyderabad date for cancer treatment

The nationwide lockdown barely posed a barrier as a one-and-a-half-year-old girl from Cherthala kept her date with specialised cancer treatment at Hyderabad.

Published: 06th April 2020 04:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2020 04:54 AM   |  A+A-

Anvitha, who is suffering from cancer, with her parents Vineeth Vijayan and Gopika | Express

Express News Service

ALAPPUZHA: The nationwide lockdown barely posed a barrier as a one-and-a-half-year-old girl from Cherthala kept her date with specialised cancer treatment at Hyderabad. With social media highlighting Anvitha’s case, the state government and political parties joined hands to send her with parents over a distance of more than 1,130 kilometres. Having started off at 7.15 am on Sunday from Cherthala, the state government-arranged ambulance carrying Anvitha was slated to reach Hyderabad late night, Health Minister K K Shailaja said.

At the time of going to press, TNIE learnt the journey was on schedule. “After treatment, the same ambulance will bring them back,” Shailaja said. “The state government has made all arrangements to remove hindrances on borders.” Vineeth Vijayan and Gopika, residents of Cherthala municipality, were earlier worried about how to take their daughter suffering from retinoblastoma — a type of cancer affecting the retina — to LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad by April 7. The doctors there had given the appointment before the lockdown announcement.

Anvitha’s father then explained their plight on social media, following which the state government, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, A M Ariff MP, and other politicians like former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy stepped up to help. The state government arranged for an ambulance with two drivers, though other organisations like Seva Bharathi too had offered ambulance services. As per Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s directions to meet Anvitha’s travel expenses, Social Security Mission officials reached her home on Sunday morning and handed over the money required.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
TAGS
cancer

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