When Suresh Acharya, a brahmin priest in temple learned that his wife is pregnant with twins, his joy was boundless... The twins growing in the womb were the hope for their life... Both of them went for regular medical check ups to ensure that the twins growing in her womb were perfectly healthy, because for 11 years they have been taking their elder son Sreenath to various hospitals for neurological treatment as Sreenath was born 75% mentally challenged with frequent periods of fits. Doctors assured them several times that twins are perfectly healthy. But fate had written something else for Suresh and family. Their hopes shattered when the twin boys turned 1 year, both of them started getting regular periods of fits like their elder brother, which hindered their growth and gradually twins became mentally challenged. Hariprasad (one of the twins) has not been able to walk till now. The boys dont get sleep, they can neither chew nor speak/communicate. Everything from bathing, daily routine, changing clothes, eating, drinking need parents' help.
From left: Mangalam, Hariprasad, Sreenath, Suresh, Shivaprasad
Suresh Acharya is not able to go for regular work or take up a permanent priesthood in temple (he had to leave his priesthood at Ayyappanchery temple) because of his kids. He does poojas and rituals at homes and nearby small temples to earn a living which is not sufficient for medical expenses for the neurological treatment of kids. There has been limited support from relatives, friends, neighborhood, society and kindhearted human beings. The treatment expenses are of recurring nature, and periods of fits take a toll on Suresh financially every now and then. Suresh has spent all his savings on treatment of his boys.
I have known Suresh (Thirumeni, thats how the whole village lovingly address him) from my childhood days, when he was the young priest in our temple. He has been a very charming and cheerful personality, who was compassionate for all others. Today when I met him at his house he was the same cheerful and compassionate person. He never uttered a word of sadness, hopelessness or frustration about his present situation... He was full of positive vibes, he is trying his heart out with various treatment options from allopathy to ayurveda to siddha. He strongly believes that he will be able to make his boys capable of being of their own and to do their daily chores themselves. The house in which Suresh lives is in process of bank possession procedures (I saw the 'japti' notice pasted on the main wall). He is expecting that day is not far when his family will be asked to move out of their house. There has been efforts by some NGOs to build a small house for them, but has not come to fruition yet.
Suresh and his 3 boys need support and empathy from each one of us. They need our prayers so that Suresh's hope and confidence can be boosted so that one day Sreenath, Hari and Shiva would call them out 'Appa.." & "Amma.."
Please share the story to your near and dear ones. If possible visit them and play with the kids. Your share may reach some medical experts who could recommend a better treatment option.
Mathrubhumi News coverage on Suresh's plight
Some of the Medical reports are below: