Like many boys from small-town middle-class families, Akash dreamt of one day passing the civil service examination and becoming an IAS officer, a district magistrate to be precise. Sarcoma a form of cancer that has left the boy from Visakhapatnam with only two months to live, seemed to have nipped that ambition in the bud. But earlier this week, Akash’s dream came true as he was invited to sit in the chair of the district collector and magistrate of Hyderabad for a whole day.
Unaware of what the future has in store for him, Akash savoured the realisation of his dream, looking all serious as he sat on the hot seat, while his parents Murali and Manju wiped away bitter-sweet tears.
Indira, a volunteer with Women in Network, came to know of the six-year-old’s wish to become an IAS officer and conveyed the wish to Hyderabad Collector Chandravadan. The collector, in turn, called on Akash and his parents at the Indo-American Cancer Institute and Research Centre where the boy is being treated and invited them to his office.
Akash was born to his parents after seven years of fasting, prayers and pilgrimage. Soon after, he developed heart problems and underwent surgery. But before his parents could breathe a sigh of relief, he was diagnosed with sarcoma.
Murali and Manju are still hoping against hope that some miracle will save their child. The doctors say that he is responding well to chemotherapy but his chances are slim. Let’s all hope Akash gets to live all his dreams.