The Telegraph
Tuesday , January 21 , 2014
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Father seeks aid

Tura, Jan. 20: Five-year-old Chidam B. Marak and his father Ronny A. Sangma, a daily wage earner, today met West Garo Hills deputy commissioner Pravin Bakshi seeking assistance for Marak’s treatment.

Marak has lost both his arms after being electrocuted at Chasingre near Tura on November 16 last year. While returning from school, the child had urinated near the edge of a high voltage transformer, which led to the electrocution.

The district administration has already given an informal financial assistance of Rs 50,000 for his treatment. Bakshi had earlier written to additional chief engineer, Meghalaya Electricity Corporation Limited (MeECL), seeking release of financial assistance on humanitarian grounds.

The deputy commissioner assured the victim’s family today that he would request social welfare minister Deborah Marak for financial aid.

The right hand of the boy was amputated on November 26. His left hand, which has severe burn injuries, needs skin grafting. The victim’s father has appealed for help so that his son can get necessary medical aid for reconstruction surgery, prosthetic limbs and physiotherapy.

The high voltage transformer has been kept “open” for nearly two years now.