Even cancer could not deter Raghav Chandak from excelling in the ICSE examinations. So he took his books to his hospital bed and made everyone proud by scoring 95.8%.
Chandak, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in April last year, was able to attend classes in Kolkata’s Heritage School for only about two months.
“He was in the hospital for one-and-a-half months at a stretch. And then he had to go for about seven days each month to the hospital for chemotherapy which weakened his immune system but not the spirit to fight,” his proud father Manoj Chandak said.
The school gave him all the support he needed. He could call up teachers for any help and class notes were arranged for him even when he was undergoing chemotherapy sessions at the Tata Medical Centre.
“My cousin, who also studies in the same class, supplied all notes to me,” the 16-year-old boy said.
Raghav’s family was stunned when he was diagnosed with cancer.
“We thought he will not be able to appear for the exams. We went to the school and told them about it. They said, ‘you take care of the medical condition and we will take care of his studies’,” his father said.
A special bench was laid out in the classroom for him whenever he went to attend any lecture as there was a fear of infection spreading to other students.
“I would not have been able to do this without everyone’s support - my parents, teachers, friends, cousin and our family doctor,” the teenager said.
A football fan, he dreams of getting into the IITs after finishing school.