Maa Tujhe Salaam.
“…. When someone gives Vinayak a toffee, or any kind of gift, he will always say, – Please give me two more!, or, … next time please get me three because I have two brothers!”
I met Vinayak in 2014 and this is what I wrote about him when we gave him a wheelchair in 2014:
Vinayak lives at Prabhadevi; he was named after God Sidhivinayak, being born premature he had a poor chance at survival, (cerebral palsy) so they named him Vinayak, as they wanted their premature born to be safe in Ganesh’s care.
I asked Vinayak’s mother, Lavania, to tell me something’s about her son, things that are challenging for him, what makes him sad, happy, joyful….
She responded to me nearly in one breath! She was so eager to speak about her son; Lavania ji said to me, (she was smiling nearly all the while when she spoke, a very positive woman), – “Vinayak likes to play with his elder brother and his younger cousin brother. He can see them walk, run, do things he cannot do. That is when he, and even I, feel some level of sadness and even frustration, about his inability to be able to do what fully-functional kids do at his age, so he cannot be a part of their physical activities how much ever he wants to.
At this age he does not realize why he cannot do things that his own brother and cousin can so easily. So sometimes he cries, and I feel it too… So I tell him every day to get up and at least try and walk, does not matter if he falls one day he will be able to run, I tell him. But that is only if he will try. I tell him that every day.”
(This is when Lavania got emotional. Soon, I had to hold back my own.)
“One of my happiest and proudest moments was when he received an award for being a good student at school (ADAPT), and he received a trophy in sports. Even he is so proud of it that sometimes he tells his elder brother – ‘You are bigger than me, stronger than me, but look do you have any awards and trophies like I have, and you can even walk and run. Even Mummy and daddy, even you both do not have trophies like I have.”
Freedom to travel the world on his legs, without a wheelchair is what we wish on Vinayak. May the donation of this wheelchair become redundant as soon as possible!
I also realized in hindsight, why Mother and son were stuck together like araldite/fevicol sticks things. = Here was a mother who was confident one day her fragile bird is going to get up and walk and then fly!, he will leave her and his wheelchair (his nest for now) far far behind!
Last week, Aug 2020, Ms Amena Latif (his school principal) contacted us and asked if we can buy a Walker for Vinayak. He does not need a wheelchair anymore. His parent’s hard work to make him walk has worked.
Mukul Madhav Foundation, Pune purcahsed a Walker for him and a wheelchair for Swapnil, another student from his
1) Vinayak with his mother on her lap, when we gave him a wheelchair in 2014. It was given to him my sister Suman Datt and Vinay Datt
2) Vinayak (blue shirt) with his parents this morning with his brand new walker. He does not need a wheelchair anymore, the physiotherapy has worked. Ek Maa ki aasha puri ho gayi. MAA TUJHE SALAAM The walker is given to him by Mukul Madhav Foundation.
3) Swapnil Kuralskar with his father on his brand new wheelchair; given to him by @MukulMadhaFoundation Rita Hinduja-Chhabria