Mukund is one of the children supported by the Uday Foundation in terms of financial support towards medical expenses. In addition it is also ensured , that he may get nutritious meal throughout the treatment period at home. Mukund who is eligible to cast his vote has the mind of a normal 18 year old, but is trapped in the body of an eight-year-old child. His classmates who are unaware about his medical condition , tower over him, bully him over his condition, and taunt him because he cannot grow a beard.
According to the Doctors of AIIMS his condition emerged in 1998, when he underwent an operation to remove a brain tumour. For a few years he seemed completely normal, but his parents realised there was a problem as his classmates started to grow taller and developed teenager’s body, while Mukund’s growth stopped and he still has the body of a child. Doctors believe the operation either affected his growth hormones, or they were effectively destroyed by the tumour itself.
Uday Foundation approached Endocrinology department of AIIMS hospital, where his treatment for multiple growth hormone deficiency started with efforts of the dedicated doctors of AIIMS and Uday Foundation.
Uday Foundation spent lacs of rupees for the expensive growth hormone treatment with approximately twenty thousand rupees per month. It’s very important that efforts may be made to increase his height up by at least six to eight centimeters before inducing the hormones essential for his hormonal growth and for reproduction. As in absence of this therapy, he is likely to suffer from serious physical and social consequences of short stature, hence this treatment is essential for him.
With a meager monthly income of of Rs.4000/- (Rupees Four thousand) Parents of Mukund were never in a position to afford his treatment.
Indians, Mukund is both the symptom as well as the cause. His lack of proper treatment is reason enough for national shame, also his ill health hurts the country in turn, not only forcing the frail-looking boy to miss school for few months while he searches government departments in Bihar for some help, but dragging his poor family into debt when they should be benefiting from India’s economic boom.
Today, three years later, treatment of Mukund is over and he is back to his native village and completing his study so he could live a normal life, get a job, get married and live like a normal human being like others.