Saswat Singhdeo

Balasore: “No mother should suffer such pain,” said Sukuri Behera, mother of 11-year-old Sudam, who has three legs since birth and can’t speak, hear or walk.

Due to financial constraints, Sudam’s parents from Badapokhari village under Oupada block in Balasore district couldn’t afford medical treatment following which the boy suffered leg infection. Later, when some people got to know about his plight through social media, they came forward and helped the family admit the boy to Balasore hospital.

“After knowing about his condition, we brought him to the hospital for treatment. We have even informed the collector who has assured that he will help the family,” a social worker, Sanat Kumar Patra, said.

“He has got ulcers in his legs. After diagnosis, proper treatment will be done,” said Sandeep Das, a doctor who is treating Sudam.

While district administration has assured to help Sudam, Union Minister Pratap Sarangi has said that he will make arrangements for treatment of the minor boy.

Additional Collector Sambit Nayak said, “They can get assistance from Red Cross and CM relief fund for which they have to apply.”

Speaking about the boy, Sarangi said, “Doctors are saying that the treatment can’t be done here so I am looking forward to make arrangements so that he can be admitted to a good hospital.”

Urging the State government to extend help, mother of Sudam said, “I request the govt to provide help so that my son can be operated and he can at least become fit enough to do his own work.”