His name is Vishesh and rightly so. Vishesh’s school declared the four-year-old ‘unfit to attend school’ as he has a catheter attached to his appendix to drain urine. According to the school authorities, the catheter was scaring other children.
Vishesh, who is undergoing treatment for a neurogenic bladder, an inability to pass urine without using a catheter, came back home on Friday with the school management’s request to his parents that they withdraw him. The branch coordinator of Mother’s Pride School said his condition was scaring other children.
Pooja Gupta, Vishesh’s mother, said, “At the time of admission, we had explained his condition to the school, and they took him in. Vishesh had a stomachache and started crying on Friday. The next day the branch head called me and informed me that Vishesh’s condition was scaring other children.”
The school maintains it was a mistake to admit Vishesh in the first place.
“We knew about his condition and it is our fault we admitted him,” said Sarika Mehra, Patel Nagar branch head of Mother’s Pride.
“We could not help the child when he was in severe pain. We regret the circumstances but we cannot take care of him and before other parents start complaining we wanted this matter settled. He also has to travel from Chawri Bazar to Patel Nagar to get to school and the distance was also taken into account to get to this decision.”
The school management has now asked Vishesh’s parents to give in writing that the school would not be responsible for him. “How can we give a written undertaking like that?” said Vishesh’s father Ajay Gupta. “The catheter is just a temporary arrangement to allow passage of urine. When the child is in the school, he is the school’s responsibility. Vishesh can learn, run or play like any normal child and there is nothing scary about him.”