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Friday May 10, 2013 06:27:35 PM, IANS

Jaipur: Impressed by a 17-year-old student who figured on the state merit list and also cleared the first stage of the IIT entrance exam despite undergoing dialysis twice a week, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Friday said he will bear the cost of his kidney transplant.

Gehlot said he was moved by the story of Jaipur resident Prakhar Deroliya, who secured fifth rank in the merit list of Class 12 (science) results, declared by the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) Thursday, despite currently undergoing dialysis after both of his kidneys failed three years ago.

The state government will bear the cost of his treatment taking into consideration the boy's commitment, Gehlot said in a statement here.

Gehlot said that as soon as he came to know about how Prakhar achieved the success while fighting against insurmountable odds, he spoke with Dr Naresh Trehan, the founder chairman of Medanta multi-specialty hospital at Gurgaon.

"I discussed Prakhar's condition with him. I was so moved by his story that I decided that he will be given free of cost treatment from the Chief Minister's Relief fund," he said.

A student of Maheshawari Senior Secondary School at Tilak Nagar here, Prakhar secured the fifth position scoring 96 percent in the examination.

Gehlot congratulated Prakhar for achieving a place in the merit list despite going through a serious health problem.

He said that other children of his age will also get inspired by his determination and enthusiasm.

Prakhar's father Sudhir, who is an Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) agent, said that Prakhar has to undergo dialysis every third day.

"He had been seeing doctors for the past seven years, but his condition deteriorated three years ago. He had to undergo dialysis in between examination, but it is amazing how he kept up his spirit and continued his studies," said the proud father.

Prakhar's mother Mamta Sharma is to donate one of her kidneys to her son.

"Kidney transplant is to take place at Medanta Hospital in the last week of this month. It will cost around Rs.6.65 lakh," said Sudhir.

Prakhar wants to get into the prestigious Indian Institute of technology (IIT). He cleared the Joint Entrance Examination-Mains (JEE-Mains), the preliminary round of IIT entrance, the results of which were announced earlier this week.






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