Mahesh

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Mahesh

Date of Activity: 01 Jan 2007

This 16 year old has Grade 1 Leukaemia which I am told in under 10’s is not so bad but the fact that he is male and well into teenage years makes his progress rather painful.

This 16 year old has Grade 1 Leukaemia which I am told in under 10’s is not so bad but the fact that he is male and well into teenage years makes his progress rather painful. He has been given a course of treatment which has lowered his resistance to infection and he is much of the time weak and listless. When we first helped him in the middle of last year he was not attending school and spent all his time at home. We have been advised to feed him good wholesome food and try and keep up his intake of vitamins etc. We have provided continuous food, build up preparations, paid for regular visits to see the Dr and the Oncologist, bought him a bike, and generally given the family much needed moral support.

Mahesh now does attend school albeit not all the time, however his motivation to enjoy life has definitely returned and although he has some major ‘off’ days he also has learned to laugh again which is a pleasure to see! I took the whole family to a park that has just opened outside Colombo and there was LOADS of laughing that day!

The family were relocated 10kms jungleside and left the area and friends they all knew. They were moved to a new house on a huge housing estate. No Kitchen or water was supplied so we built the kitchen and provided other things they needed. Mahesh’s father was in the Navy and had a posting to Jaffna in the North (where much of the Tamil Tiger activity takes place) we tried to plead family reasons with the powers to be but to no avail. He only had one more year with the Navy before he was due to retire – but when we heard what his pension was to be it was hardly worth the obvious misery being apart from the family, with the possibility of being blown to bits too! So, we decided to built them a shop onto the side of their house and that way father could stay with the others and hopefully not worry about their future. They had a shop at the other house and know all about the retail side so this all seemed to make sense. The shop was constructed very quickly and by the 4th January 2007 we were ready to stock up!

Say hello to ‘Mahesh’s Stores’ !