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Updated: May 11, 2013 17:55 IST

Leukaemia no deterrent to her success in exams

Ramya Kannan
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V. Lakshmi Priya
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V. Lakshmi Priya

It was in between sessions of chemotherapy that Lakshmi Priya got her 12th standard results. Seated on her hospital bed, she asked her cousin to repeat the marks again on the phone: “973? That’s 81 per cent,” she said calculating quickly. And, happily.

Lakshmi Priya stopped going to school in November 2012 soon after she was admitted to The Centre for Blood Disorders for treatment for leukemia. She sought discharge so she could go write her board exams.

Only recently has pride wrestled into her father’s constant state of anguish. S. Velu’s voice breaks often, now with pride, and then with distress. “She was in the hospital and always studying. She kept asking me to get notes from her friends.” Lakshmi Priya is the first in her family, who belong to the Dalit community, to have gone beyond 10th standard.

“Thanks to my boss, we put our girls in good schools. When we found out in November last that Lakshmi Priya had blood cancer, it shattered us completely,” he says. “She has always wanted to be an engineer, and has studied so hard. It cannot fall apart now like this. She is a beautiful girl, and she must fulfil what she was born for,” he adds, his anguish welling up and spilling into his words.

Lakshmi Priya is stronger: “I’m not scared,” she says. “Science has advanced so much. And it is such a blessing that my sister is a perfect match for me. I’m just waiting for my bone marrow transplantation.” She also wants to help little children suffering from cancer.

Though she doesn’t make much of it, Lakshmi Priya has had her share of suffering. The chemotherapy tires her out beyond belief: sometimes she is so tired she cannot summon energy to eat or even walk; but she has always been able to pick up a book. “I have to study well, there is nothing else to it,” she says.

Her father has slowly been selling assets over the years, and spending a chunk of his monthly salary of Rs. 14,000 on hospital bills. It has not been easy, but “it is nothing in front of fulfilling my daughter’s dream, and seeing her walk out of the hospital.” The doctors have told him the bone marrow transplant will cost the family Rs. 30 lakh.

Those wishing to contribute can send a cheque/draft to Apollo Specialty Hospital, A/C of V. Lakshmi Priya.

State Bank of India

Account Name S. Velu (father of Lakshmi Priya)

Account No: 20061692933

Ph: 98407 93744/ 99519 86815

I got the below bank details for online transfer from Mr Velu (Lakshmipriya's father).

Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited.
Apollo A/C: 05351011000288
Bank: Oriental Bank of Commerce
RTGS: ORBC 0100535
IFSC No: ORBC 0100535
Branch: Overseas Branch Chennai
Bank Code No: 022
Tel: 044-24321413/24324924

Patient Name: Miss Lakshmi Priya V
Hospital No: ASH1.250775

NB: Once the wire transfer is done, the transfer should notify the inpatient department of Apollo Hospitals, Chennai immediately by faxing the transfer receipt of the credit to 0091-44-33151181/24329044 mentioning the patient’s name. Email Address:

from:  John Praveen
Posted on: May 12, 2013 at 17:02 IST

At least the name of the SBI branch is needed especially for individual US readers interested in transferring money on-line.

from:  Ramesh Rangarajan
Posted on: May 12, 2013 at 08:11 IST

I am really moved by Lakshmi Priya's self confidence and positive attitude in preparing for the exam amidst her chemotherapy sessions. I know how difficult it is to concentrate during chemo sessions as I am a Leukaemia patient myself. My hearty congratulations to her in passing the exam with good results and best wishes to her for a successful BMT. I would like to contribute and have few friends here in UK who would also like to contribute. Please provide online transfer details so that this can be done quickly.

Thanks and Regards,
S. Anand

from:  S. Anand
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 22:48 IST

The Hindu should catch up with technology. Gone are the days of sending draft or cashier's
order. Now is the time of SWIFT transfer. This requires IFSC code.

from:  V. Sundara Varadhan
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 18:52 IST

Hindu ,

Branch details not given . would you please provide .

from:  nizam
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 17:30 IST

Thanks for the comments, just to reiterate: Details about making
contributions to Lakshmi Priya's account have been appended at the end of
the story. Please feel free to mail cheques/drafts at that address.
Nivedita, will have to check that out. Will get back soon...

from:  Ramya
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 16:40 IST

Dear Editor,
My suggestion is The Hindu should create a (tax free) account here in the US for the benefit and charity of Lakshmi Priya, perhaps through their Washington correspondent. All US donors can send the money to this contact who can then cumulatively transfer the money to Lakshmi Priya's SBI A/C. I hereby pledge to contribute. If no action is taken from The Hindu's side then I am afraid the more inefficient way of individual transfer to Lakshmi Priya's account will have to be the only way from the US. I don't think an individual, such as myself, can collect money for the benefit Lakshmi Priya without tax implications leave alone the legalities.

from:  Srikanth Ranganathan
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 15:43 IST

Hearty congratulations to Lakshmi Priya.

from:  Dr.Cajetan Coelho
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 15:14 IST

I am trying to find out the ifsc code. would you please provide ?

from:  nizam
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 14:12 IST

Dear readers - Thank you for your comments. We have added additional
details in the story for those of you who wish to contribute towards
Lakshmi Priya's education.


Chennai Internet Desk
The Hindu

from:  Lata Ganapathy
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 12:42 IST

I request to the hindu team "pls sir highlight such type news as broad
level and give enough space in your news paper by seeing such type girls
in our society we man feel proud and the insane who assault and tease
girls came to know that a lovely and respectfully india also full with
such type of daughter and i am sure is will help to reduce rape cases "
we should salute this type her.

from:  piyush krantikari
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 11:57 IST

this is inspiring! Can the Hindu spearhead a campaign to raise money for her treatment please? i will be happy to contribute

from:  Vijai
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 11:31 IST

Well done Lakshmi Priya!!!!!. Whole nation should be proud of you.

from:  Dr Sreevarna
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 09:41 IST

Is there a way to contact Mr Velu to donate some money towards Lakshmi
Priya's hospital expenses

from:  Srivats Chandrasekaran
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 08:24 IST

Hello there,

I am a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. I was touched
by Lakshmi Priya's story and was hoping to make a very small
contribution from my side. I will appreciate your guidance regarding
how I can send a cheque from the US which also wont be taxable? Look
forward to hearing from you.


from:  Nivedita Ravi
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 08:21 IST
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