When Rohan Madan Chavan, 15, hurt his leg while playing football last year, little did he know that he would also have to endure three major surgeries over the next six months for a broken foot and infections.
Chavan, who developed Osteomyelitis, a bone infection caused by bacteria, after the injury, will appear for his Class 10 exam on Saturday.
A student of Holy Family School in Andheri (East), Chavan is unable to sit in one place for long hours, and has hence opted for a writer for the examination.
“He experiences a shooting pain from his left leg. He takes high dosage of medications, which tend to make him drowsy. He is also constantly running a low fever,” said his mother, Manisha.
Chavan's left thigh was injured on the football field, but he informed his parents of the incident only a month later. The delay led to the wound getting infected.
Doctors then advised him to walk on crutches but since he was not used to them, he fell and sustained fracture on his left leg. He underwent a major surgery, but he caught an infection post surgery.
Though his doctors advised him not to appear for the exams, he does not want to waste his academic year by taking a break.
“I want to study architecture and for that I need to score well to get into a good college for pursuing science. I
am doing my best, by studying with regular breaks,’’ Chavan said.
Susan Babu, his teacher says that the school convinced the authorities of his need for a writer.
“He has been assigned a writer and a centre closer to home.’’