Readers’ response to little Rishu’s story that appeared in Hindustan Times on Wednesday is overwhelming. From local residents to people from the US and even China have expressed wish to help the child and his mother.
Rishu’s father abandoned the three-year-old child and his mother Sangeeta Singh, when he came to know that the child had a hole in his heart. But Rishhu and his mother found refuge, when the management of a mosque ‘adopted’ Rishu and Sangeeta. Soon, devotees started collecting money for his treatment.
The mosque management also wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office, which quickly sent Rs 50,000. The Kamdhenu society at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute for Medical Sciences, too, extended Rs 10,000. The operation has been scheduled for October 29.
soon after the story appeared on the Hindustan Times e-paper, the first email came from Rahul Gupta. He wrote from Shenzhen in China, “I would like to know … where I can give some money to help and try to get some from other people also.”
Nirmala Walters, whose e-mail did not specify where she is based, wrote, “Help me to reach my help to the child and his mother.” Sanjiv Diwan said, “Please forward me the address were I can send my humble help for Rishu.”
SS Kushwaha from Delhi wrote that he would like “to undertake all the expenditure in connection with the treatment of the boy… and all other costs, including the maintenance of the poor mother.”