Jaipur: At the age of 14, Prakhar Deroliya lost both his kidneys and was put on dialysis, which he undergoes twice a week. His father, an LIC agent, left his job to attend to his ailing son who needs 24X7 care. On Thursday, Prakhar (now, 17) returned the favour in a measure that has overwhelmed his father.
Prakhar made it to the merit list of Class XII (science), the results of which were declared by the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) on Thursday. A resident of Kanota Bagh, Jaipur, Prakhar has bagged the fifth position, scoring 480 marks (96%) in the examination. He had to undergo dialysis even between his exams.
He has also cleared the first stage of the IIT entrance exam.
Prakhar was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) seven years ago and for the last three years he has been on dialysis. He goes through dialysis once in three days and has, till now, undergone the medical procedure a 100 times.
His father, Sudhir told dna, “It’s by god’s grace he has been able top the exams, despite several odds. He used to attend school for five days a week and managed to cover rest at home.”
He added, “Kidney transplant is to take place at Medanta Hospital in the last week of this month. It will cost around Rs.6.65 lakh.”
Moved by the boy’s story, chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said the government would bear the cost of his kidney transplant.
Gehlot said in a statement that as soon as he came to know about how Prakhar achieved the success while fighting against insurmountable odds, he spoke with Dr Naresh Trehan, founder chairman of Medanta multi-specialty hospital at Gurgaon. “I discussed Prakhar’s condition with him. I was so moved by his story that I decided that he will be given free of cost treatment from the Chief Minister’s Relief fund,” he said.
Prakhar is confident about what he wants. “I worked hard… It has been very tough for me to manage the studies with the disease. Now, I want to pursue engineering from IIT,” he said.