Sampath aged 10 years was found in a gunny bag at
Secunderabad railway station in a very non-hygiene
condition about four years back. He was very weak with all
insects on his body with no cloths and in a very weak and
unresponsive state. Keeping his physical state in mind he
was first taken to the hospital for medical intervention.
According to the Doctors the child had not taken food for
a couple of days.
He had to be fed and clothes were purchased for him. His
nutritional intake was monitored for a few weeks. The
child had no name and hence was named Sampath. He was
assessed by the professionals at Child Guidance Centre and
was diagnosed as having Cerebral Palsy with severe level
of mental retardation. A management plan was developed for
the boy which included regular physiotherapy, speech and
language intervention and special education.
Since two years he is under a special Ayurvedic treatment
after which spacticity in all his limbs have reduced to a
large extent. Due to this treatment he is able to sit with
support and in able to eat food and hold a glass and drink
water by himself unlike the time when he came to Tobi when
he completely bed ridden. Now he is able to comprehend
simple instructions given and communicates predominately
through gesture and action. The motive behind this program
is to make him walk and be independent in his self help
Kajol was referred to Tobi School two years back. As the
child was not able to communicate much information
regarding the family background could not be obtained. The
police station referred her to Tobi.
When Kajol was brought to Tobi she was found to be
physically very weak. She was observed to get tired very
soon and often. She had a pot belly and she was found
suffering with infection. She was seen by the team of
professional at Tobi.
A detailed psychological assessment revealed that she was
functioning at moderate level of mental retardation and
was placed in the pre-primary section. A special diet
chart was maintained for her due to poor health. During
the two year stay at Tobi the child had to be taken to the
hospital several times. She was gradually diagnosed as
having Spleenonegaly and has been suggested to undergo a
surgery. Keeping her age in mind doctors have suggested to
wait for a couple of years for the operation.
She is regularly under medication for the same. She is
undergoing speech and language intervention to improve her
communication skills. At present she is able to
communicate meaningfully in simple sentences. Special
educational program is planned keeping in mind her health
Stevenson aged nine years was brought to Tobi two years
back. He was spotted at the Railway station. Information
regarding her family background could not be obtained as
he could not communicate.
The child was seen by a multi disciplinary team of Tobi.
He was diagnosed as having hearing loss and was suggested
a hearing aid with regular speech and language
intervention. Psychological assessment reveals that he is
a child with average intelligence having hearing loss.
Initially he was found to be very aloof at the centre. He
preferred to going to the terrace and sitting alone.
At present after two years of his stay, he shows interest
in academics. He enjoys colouring and painting. He enjoys
listening to music and dancing. He mingles with all the
children and cooperates with others. He has a few
behaviour problems. A behaviour modification programme is
being planned for him.
The client says that he belongs to Bastheyapuram Village,
Chevella Mandal. Reportedly he was left at Tirupathi by
his maternal uncle sons. The client’s father reportedly
died of a heart-attack since one year back.
He used to stay with his brother, sister-in-law, mother.
Brother is a farmer. The client used to work with his
brother. Family member had gone for work. He was alone at
home when his cousins asked him to come to Tirupathi for a
visit. He was left at the railway station. He came in a
bust from his village to Hyderabad. From Hyderabad to
Tirupathi went in a train. He tried to getting up in
various trains trying to come to Hyderabad. But he was
asked to get down by the T.C. He kept getting until to
train going to Hyderabad and was again asked to get down.
Finally, this was after a few days reached Hyderabad on
/1/2006 at 1 pm was picked up from the station by a
volunteer of Tobi. He wants to go back now.