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Prince responding well to treatment

india Updated: Jul 24, 2006 21:04 IST
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A gritty Prince, who has survived a 50-hour ordeal at the bottom of a 60-foot-deep well, is resiliently recovering from the trauma in the peaceful isolation at LNJP hospital at Kurukshetra.

The five-year-old, rescued by the armymen on Sunday night after a marathon rescue operation in Haldera, was stable but under observation in a private room, said paediatrician Dr Jagmal Singh, who is heading the battery of doctors taking care of the child.

"He is not on a drip. Nor is he traumatised. He is making a good recovery," said Dr Singh, expressing admiration for the child's willpower.

However, entry to Prince's room has been restricted by doctors to help him recover from the trauma. Only family and hospital staff are allowed access to the child, who within three days was exposed to the dreadful darkness and blinding media glare.

"We will keep him under observation for a few days and he will be discharged only after we are certain that he has bounced back to his normal self," Dr Singh said.

Watched by the nation on television last night, the boy assisted by an army jawan, had crawled through the tunnel which the Engineers had dug from an abandoned well, 10 m away from the hole in which he was trapped since Friday.

Meanwhile, Ramchander, father of Prince, on Monday received an assistance of Rs two lakh from the Haryana government for his son's treatment.

"Ye to ji bus, bhagwan kee hi maya hai ki is bachche ko doosri jindagi mil gayi. Bhalaa ho un fauji bhaiyon ka jinki badaulat ye Prince aaj hamaare beech jinda hai  ( Thank God, Prince is with us due to His blessings but it was all made possible by the armymen)," he said after receiving the cheque of Rs two lakh from TK Sharma, DC, Kurukshetra.

The entire nation had united in prayers for his survival, while the Centre and Haryana announced a grant of Rs two lakh for the boy. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee sent him their blessings.

Frantic efforts of the rescue teams of the 65 Engineers Regt backed by the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the civil and police administration, yielded results on Sunday evening, when an army jawan reached out to the boy, who lay crouched in the 16-inch diameter hole.