Mattancherry: Hareesh Kumar (21), a native of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, dreams of returning to Kerala to meet his idol, footballer IM Vijayan, once he gets his prosthetic limbs.
Besides, he wishes to thank everyone who helped him during his 3 month long stay at a private hospital in Thrissur. Hareesh’s limps were amputated following an accident on his way to Kerala, many years ago.
The youngster is in the state to cheer for his good friend, artist KR Sunil, who is conducting the exhibitions of his works at the Uru Art Harbor in Kochangadi. KR Sunil, a popular artist, had visited Madurai to meet Hareesh after knowing about his plight. The artist had asked him not to come for the exhibition as it would be quite risky. However, Hareesh came to see his exhibition and congratulate him for all the amazing works. But until he reached here, Hareesh had no idea about how a group of well wishers including many film personalities have expressed their willingness to help him.
Hareesh has seen many hardships in his life and the youngster had faced it all with calm and composure.
Hareesh was studying in class seven when he accompanied his father, a lorry driver, to one of his regular trips to Kerala. However, the lorry met with an accident at Kuthiran in Palakkad. The lorry had turned upside down and Hareesh was trapped below it, crushing both his legs. He was pulled out by the fire force team which rushed to the spot for rescue. However, his legs had to be amputated. It was in 2011 that the fateful accident, which changed his life forever, took place.
Hareesh has always been passionate about football and was an excellent player himself. He had travelled to Kerala that day, with his father, hoping to buy good football gear. However, fate had something else in store for him. He underwent treatment for 3 months at a private hospital in Thrissur and his stories had made headlines at many leading newspapers and other media then.
No one heard about Hareesh for so long after he returned to Madurai. It was during the FIFA world cup season, last year that KR Sunil remembered about Hareesh. He thus began his search for the young boy who had once dreamed to thrill everyone with his incredible skills in football. Though he enquired at the hospital where Hareesh was admitted, the staff couldn’t recall his name or other whereabouts. It wasn’t easy to find his address from the hospital register either. As he kept searching for Hareesh, Sunil stumbled upon a few lines in an online blog which finally led to the man he was looking for.
Sunil came to know that Hareesh was a class seven student at the Madurai Don Bosco School when the accident had happened and that he was the son of Sivakumar, a truck driver. With the help of George, the physical education instructor at the school, Sunil reached Hareesh’s house, only to know about the latter’s unending misfortune.
A few years after the accident, Hareesh’s parents Nagajyothi and Sivakumar had abandoned him. Hareesh stayed with his old grandmother who passed away a few months ago. After the death of his beloved grandmother, the youngster had moved into his uncle’s house.
Hareesh had expressed his wish to walk again with the help of prosthetic limbs and had shown Sunil a few pictures, which broke the latter’s heart. The pictures had Hareesh, with a pair of legs, created with help of computer graphics. Seeing a picture in which Hareesh was sitting on a bike with one of his legs kept on the ground, Sunil realized that those weren’t merely an imagination of the youngster but the dream which motivated him. This prompted Sunil to seek the help of many good hearted people in Kerala.
Sunil had made his search for Hareesh into a documentary. Watching the documentary, many including footballer CK Vineeth had expressed their willingness to help Hareesh. Film maker Ashiq Abu, producer – cinematographer Shyju Khalid and KM Kamal, reached the Uru Art Harbor to meet Hareesh. Shyju Khalid, the producer of the movie Sudani From Nigeria which won 5 state awards said that he would donate the prize money to help Hareesh fulfill his dreams. Ashiq Abu and Uru Art Harbor director Royas Komu too have promised to help Hareesh.