Kumarakom: This family from Thiruvarpu in Kerala's Kottayam district has been forced to put up a ‘for sale’ board for their only property, to fund the medical expenses of their 18-year-old son. The 2.5 cents of land includes their house and surrounding property.
Arjun, the eldest son of daily-wage labourer Byjumon, has been bedridden for three years. The doctors have not been able to diagnose his ailment.
The family stayed at a relative's house for two months, after putting up the ‘for sale’ board. However, no one came to buy the property and Arjun’s treatment had to be stopped. The family had taken a loan to fund the treatment initially. However, they found themselves in a spot after the bank sent them a notice, seeking repayment. Byju's meagre salary is not enough to sustain the family. Due to the son's ailment mother Preetha is unable to work either.
In 2016, the teenager fainted during a journey. He was studying in class 10 then. The family had to literally carry the boy to the SSLC exam centre, so that he could write the exam. Though he cleared the exam, he could not go for higher studies as his illness worsened.
Arjun first sought treatment at the Kottayam Medical College Hospital and then at a private hospital in Kochi. However, there has not been much improvement. To undergo treatment at the Vellore hospital, the family would have to shell out lakhs of rupees.
Arjun's brother Adithyan is a class 6 student.
Phone number: 919188823516.
Bank account details
Account Number: 67344989482
IFSC Code: SBIN0070223
State Bank of India, Thiruvarpu, Kottayam - 686020