Father hopes paralysed son can soar one day

Harsvin with his mother K. Santhi and father Danapalan at the press conference.
PHOTO: Father hopes paralysed son can soar one day

IPOH - Eleven-year-old D. Harsvin Kumar's ambition was to be a pilot, but an accident in November 2011 left him with a spinal injury resulting in paralysis from the chest down. It could possibly ground him for life.

His father S. Danapalan, 47, however, has not given up on his son's dream and hopes to send him to an ayurdevic hospital in Kerala to seek treatment next month.

"I took him to India last year to be treated and there was some improvement in his condition," Danapalan said at a press conference held by Barisan Nasional Public Services and Complaint Centre chief Mohd Rawi Abdullah here.

"Encouraged by this, I want to take him there for another round of treatment," he said yesterday.

Danapalan said Harsvin and three of his sisters were involved in an accident near Lawin, Gerik, on Nov 28, 2011, which left the boy in a coma for 21 days while his sisters suffered fractured arms.

He said his son had undergone surgery and constantly needed to undergo therapy and check-ups at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, adding that he had used up most of his savings on his children's treatment.

"I earn about RM2,500 (S$980) monthly and spend RM1,000 on Harsvin's medication, diapers and therapy," he said, adding that about RM80,000 had been spent.

Danapalan said it would cost about RM30,000 to travel to India for his son's treatment.

"Doctors have told me that he is still young and there is a possibility of him recovering," he said.

Mohd Rawi said that contributors could bank in the money to the Pertubuhan Masyarakat Prihatin Perak's (PMPP) CIMB account (No. 0811-0005538051).

Cheques made out in the name of PMPP, with Harsvin Kumar's name written on the back, can be sent to 98, Jalan Canning Estate, Ipoh Garden, 31400 Ipoh.