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Rahul keeps his word, gives boy new lease of life

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi keeps his word to an elderly woman he encountered during the Orissa leg of his ‘Discover India’ trip in March, reports Soumyajit Pattnaik.
Hindustan Times | By Soumyajit Pattnaik, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2008 02:07 AM IST

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has kept his word to an elderly woman he encountered during the Orissa leg of his ‘Discover India’ trip in March.

On March 9, on a tour of Karanjia in Mayurbhanj district, Rahul had promised Roslan Bibi he would make sure her grandson, suffering from a heart ailment, got treatment. Roslan, of Kuduma village, had managed to get an audience with the Amethi MP with great difficulty and had taken the opportunity to tell him about her seven-year-old grandson Sheikh Sarfaraz, suffering from a congenital hole in the heart. She had sought Rahul’s help, saying her family could not afford the life-saving surgery.

Rahul had promised to help and then left for New Delhi. Many thought that was the end, yet another promise made by a politician that wouldn’t be fulfilled.

But Rahul deputed Youth Congress activists to personally accompany Sarfaraz to Narayan Hrudayalaya in Banglore. After undergoing treatment there for more than a month, Sarfaraz and his parents came back on Thursday.

Rohit Pujari, president of the Orissa Pradesh Youth Congress, told HT: “Soon after Rahul Gandhi left, we were asked to send the detailed medical history of Sarfaraz to his office. Then we were asked to take the boy personally to Bangalore for treatment at Narayan Hrudayalaya. Our Mayurbhanj district YC president accompanied the family.”

Sarfaraz’s father Sheikh Anwar said: “It was only because of Rahul Gandhi that my son could be cured.” His mother Wajifa Parveen said: “We never thought our son would get cured so soon. We are indebted to Rahulji for what he has done for us.”

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