Sahil Patil is all of eight years old, but is sure of what he would like to be when he grows up – a police officer.
On Monday, Make a Wish, an NGO, and the Bazarapeth police station came together to make Patil’s dream come true. Patil, who is terminally ill, donned the khaki uniform and occupied the chair of the police station’s senior inspector. With the other officers addressing him as “sir”, the tiny tot sat ramrod straight in a chair bigger than him.
“I am very happy today that I have achieved my dream. Police officers are brave and I want to be brave like them,” said Patil.
The Mumbai-based NGO Make a Wish came across Patil at the Thane civic hospital in April, while he was undergoing doing his routine check-ups along with his parents. Patil suffers from a life-threatening disease that his parents and the NGO did not wish to name.
Sangeeta Kanojia, 50, Make a Wish, has helped other children like Patil fulfill their wishes. “Sahil was very clear that he wished to become a policeman. I asked him to choose between playing video games all day and becoming a cop, and he chose the latter,” said Kanojia.
The NGO then approached the Bazarpeth police station and sought senior inspector Dilip Suryavanshi’s permission. “I did not have to think twice before saying yes. If children like Sahil wish to join the police force when they grow up, it is a compliment to the profession. This motivates us,” said Suryavanshi.
Patil has undergone four surgeries on each of his legs and cannot walk for long, even with support.
“I am proud of my child. He is brave enough to share his dreams. He is too young to aim so high, but he has his heart set on becoming a policeman,” said Muralidhar Patil, 35, Sahil’s father.
(Photos: Rishikesh Choudhary)