Easwaran, the president of Gothrajeevika organization under the Scheduled Tribes Development Department helped raise the funds for an eye surgery for his neighbour’s, Saravanan and Rajalakshmi’s, visually challenged son, Sandeep Krishna.
Idukki based Easwaran first took the family to the Kottayam Medical College in a vehicle arranged by the ST Department. As the doctors there did not guarantee that the surgery would be successful, Easwaran took the the four-year-old child to Amrita Hospital, Coimbatore. The doctors at the Amrita Hospital agreed to conduct the surgery, but for a fee of Rs 1 lakh.
Despite his financial constraint, Easwaran decided to fund the operation himself. He not only saved the wages earned from daily labour but also borrowed money for the surgery. According to Easwaran, who does not have any children, Sandeep is like a son to him.
While the first surgery was held on March 24, the second was on March 29. Both surgeries were successful and the child’s vision is restored.
Meanwhile Tribal Officer Suresh Kumar has announced that the Department will refund the money Easwaran spent for the surgery and that the files have been moved for the request for the same.