Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has made a big fan of him feel very special, with his kind gesture on Thursday. He fulfilled the wish of a 11 year old boy, who is struggling with a rare heart disease in the Apollo Hospital, by visiting him at Apollo Hospitals, where he is undergoing treatment.
Eleven-years old Konda Sharat of Narmetta mandal of Warangal district has been suffering from heart disease since his birth. He was operated upon in 2005 but never quire recovered as the problems resurfaced. His parents admitted him into Apollo Hospital for treatment.
On learning about the boy’s struggle for life, representatives of Make-A-Wish foundation called on the boy in the hospital and asked about his desires. The boy told them that he has been a big admirer of the CM and doesn’t miss an opportunity to watch him on TV. He wished to see the Chief Minister KCR in person. To make the boy’s dream come true, the Make a Mission representatives called on the Chief Minister. KCR readily agreed to see the boy and also immediately granted Rs 5 lakh, on behalf of TRS, as a fixed deposit to meet the boy’s future medical expenses. The CM also pledged Govt. support for his treatment.
The CM visited the boy at Apollo much to the surprise of his parents and the staff there. “It’s like a dream for us. I never thought that the Chief Minister will come down to the hospital to see my son,” gushed Konda Balaiah, the father, with happiness writ large on his face.
“Today is the best day for Sarath who became a fan of KCR during the Telangana movement,” Balaiah said, adding that they were moved by the gesture of the Chief Minister. “Sarath gets excited whenever he sees KCR on TV,” the proud father said.
When KCR spoke to the boy, he was told the boy’s family doesn’t have a own home. The boy told the CM he is not sure he can study with such difficult financial situation. The boy’s father is a tailor. To this, the CM promised to sanction land for a house and provide construction expenses too. He also promised to provide free education for Sarath after the latter expressed his wish to become a doctor.
He interacted with the child’s family for a while before enquiring about his recovery from the doctors. “It’s a very rare gesture from the Chief Minister. Other leaders too should take this lead,” said Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, Dr. Pratap C. Reddy.
Doctors said Sarath was born with a defect in heart and had a single ventricle in place of the normal two. There were also defects in the heart valves and major blood vessels. “It was a 12-hour surgery to correct birth defects. The child can now lead a normal life,” said Dr. Girish Warier, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon.
Apollo Hospitals Joint MD Sangita Reddy, Dr. Pushpa Devi from Make-A-Wish Foundation and others were present on the occasion.