"I could have put her in school after her treatment, but I don't want her to slack off and lose interest in studies. For children, it is important to go to school and learn when their minds are fresh. My daughter is 5, I know. But, I make sure she understands the importance of education for people like us."
Talking about her condition, Thirumoorthy explained how her spine looked deformed right from birth. Worried about it, the parents consulted a doctor who told them about Tethered Cord and Syringomyelia. He suggested she wear a belt to correct the condition. As time went by, it was clear that Lakirthana's back was not getting better. In fact, she would cry out of pain if she had to sit in a place for longer than half hour or stand for more than a few minutes.
"We consulted a few doctors, and finally decided that it was time for the surgery. They gave us time to arrange for the money. I don't want her to be in pain anymore. She is still young so we have the chance to fix this before it puts her in a wheelchair."
When Lakirthana was 7 months old, she had a surgery for the condition and needed a followup. Since it is progressing quickly, Thirumoorthy cannot lose more time in going forward with the treatment.
"Her teachers are very accommodating to her condition. There are no rules for her. She doesn't have to wear a uniform or sit on the bench or go at a specific time. I explained to them about her problem, and they make sure that she is comfortable. She goes only for three hours, but we feel it is important for her. Whether or not we have food, I want both my daughters to study. It is a gift I can give them for life."
Lakirthana will have her surgery around March 27th. Thirumoorthy does not have friends or family who are able enough to contribute to his need. The estimated cost of the surgery is Rs. 2,50,000 of which this father has been able to arrange for Rs. 1,00,000. He needs Rs. 1,50,000 to give his daughter a better quality of life.
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