Rahul Sen and his parents at their Laxmania More house in Jharia, Dhanbad, on Tuesday. Picture by Gautam Dey
The alumni of De Nobili School, CFRI, Dhanbad, recently set an example by coming to the aid of a meritorious student of the cradle, who suffered a brain haemorrhage while writing ICSE exams a month ago.
Jharia resident Rahul Sen (16), son of bike mechanic Kiran Sen, had started feeling unwell after appearing for maths paper on March 10. His parents had rushed him to a local hospital, from where he had been taken to Apollo Hospital, Ranchi.
After three days, he was moved to Calcutta-based Peerless hospital, where two operations were performed on him. Rahul and his parents returned to their Jharia home on Monday evening.
Rahul’s father Kiran, who owns a bike repair shop near Lakshiminia More in Dhanbad, said they ran out of money during the treatment, which cost nearly Rs 6 lakh.
“I hardly earn Rs 5,000 a month and ran out of money. Then I contacted school treasurer Father Gerald Ravi D’Souza, who suggested me to write an application to principal Father Sunny Jacob. They immediately took up the matter,” said Kiran, adding that his neighbours pitched in with monetary contributions, too.
School treasurer D’Souza said Rahul was a very talented student and they collected funds through many sources.
Our former students settled in various parts of the country and abroad contributed Rs 2 lakh. We raised around Rs 1.97 lakh from students of our school. Also, students of our branches like De Nobili CMRI, De Nobili Mugma contributed to the noble cause,” he said.
D’Souza added that they still had funds saved for use in emergency situations.“We are keeping around Rs 30,000 to help Rahul for the review check-up after some days or any emergency,” said D’Souza.
The treasurer said 1975 batch alumnus Ranjan Bhattacharya, currently settled in Calcutta, played a key role in contacting former students “He even visited Peerless hospital to coordinate with doctors treating Rahul. This apart, 1981 passout Sanjay Prasad, now in the US, got in touch with many alumni,” said D’Souza.
Bhattacharya, consultant of an engineering firm in Calcutta, told The Telegraph over phone that he used a Facebook community of De Nobili alumni to contact others. “When we sought help, they contributed generously,” he said.