Disabled kids abandoned at Delhi hospital find shelter in Chennai

Two children with severe disabilities have found shelter at a childcare home in Chennai. The children were abandoned at a hospital in Delhi.

The children were flown down to Chennai after the hospital in Delhi said it was not equipped to look after their needs.

The children have been taken to Prema Vasam, which is a home for children with mental and physical disabilities in an area called Gerugambakkam.

One of the children is a month-and-a-half old boy. He was found in the waiting hall of the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi in November 2017. He was diagnosed with communicating non-progressive hydrocephalus. This is a condition in which there is the build-up of fluid in the cavities deep within the brain.

The other child is a one-year-old girl. She was found lying alone on a bed in the pediatrics outpatient department of AIIMS as well. She was spotted by a security guard who took her to the medical officer. She was diagnosed with microcephaly with global development delay. The baby’s head is much smaller than the heads of other children of the same age and gender in this condition.

Many attempts were made to find their families. The children were then sent to SOS Udayan, a childcare home and adoption agency. This home said it did not have the facilities to look after such children.

The Child Welfare Committee in New Delhi decided the children should be transferred to another home. It was at this stage that Prema Vasam was contacted.

The children will be given physiotherapy and rehabilitation for now. They will be placed for adoption if suitable families come forward, say authorities at the home.

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