Afflicted by a rare congenital progressive disease called progeria, Shreyansh Waghmare had been told by his doctors that his condition did not have a cure. But this vibrant 10-year-old boy from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, had one wish – he wanted to Visit the capital city of Bhopal.
So, when his family reached out to the authorities to help fulfill his dream, they went a step further. Not only did the state of Madhya Pradesh arrange for him a visit to Bhopal, but they also made him the chairman of the Madhya Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MPSCPCR) for one day.
The commission arranged the entire trip and also made sure that Shreyansh had the best day he could imagine. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the current Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh took to Twitter to share details of a function held in Shreyansh’s honour.
प्रोजेरिया पीड़ित 12 वर्षीय श्रेयस को मप्र बाल आयोग का एक दिन का अध्यक्ष बनाये जाने पर जो खुशी उसके चेहरे पर थी, वह अभिभूत करने वाली थी। pic.twitter.com/z2u5tqF15L
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) March 24, 2017
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Those who have progeria show symptoms resembling aspects of aging from a very young age. Shreyansh’s father, Arvind, said that his son was a normal kid who went to school but also had to deal with his debilitating condition.
Talking about his son’s disease, he has been quoted by the Business Standard as saying, “We have taken him to a hospital in Nagpur where doctors told him that this disease is incurable. Such kids live less, and therefore, it is always better to keep them as happy as possible.”
Of course, there is one more dream that Shreyansh harbours that his father hopes comes true some day. The child became a fan of Amitabh Bachchan after watching the film Paa, where the actor essays the role of someone who has progeria, and now he hopes to meet him one day.