Students pitch in to fund boy's treatment

Students pitch in to fund boy's treatment

Heartbroken by the boy’s plight — the fallout of a wrong diagnosis by a leading City hospital — a group of college-going young men and women has made a documentary “Give Me A Dream - The Story of Gaurav Avasthi” that tells the sad story of Avasthi.

Gaurav now urgently needs a surgery. His condition is fast deteriorating and his poor parents cannot afford the huge medical costs. The documentary, made by a group of 30 youngsters from various city colleges, is being circulated among non-governmental organisations and a few news channels and hospitals in the City, with a view to raise funds for the toddler’s treatment.

Gaurav is currently being treated by Dr Jay Sampath, a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Sparsh Hospital. “Gaurav’s ESR count in the blood is 180. The normal rate is between 0-13,” says Dr Sampath.

Give Me A Dream... is the brainchild of Melvin Thomas, a resident of MS Rhythm Apartments, where Gaurav’s father Yograj Avasthi works as a security guard. Thomas felt so compelled to do something for Gaurav that he used the social networking site Facebook to gather individuals whose various talents were put to use to make the documentary.

Why a documentary? “As students, we cannot provide the financial help Gaurav needs. But we can use our personal strengths to make a difference in his life,” says Thomas, hoping that people would come forward to help Gaurav.

Rema Raman, former principal of New Horizon School, was moved by the efforts put in by the students to make the documentary.

“We as adults need to show the students we support them wholeheartedly, as they make a difference in this little boy’s life,” she said.

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