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The gift of a special child

Esther Elias
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Chatline Deepa Mohanraj and Annapoorna Jayaram began the Sri Prashanthi Academy to help special children find their place in the world. They share their experiences with Esther Elias

In the winter of 2002, a beautiful girl named Richee was born to Deepa Mohanraj. Over time though, Deepa’s motherly instincts told her something wasn’t right with Richee.

She was later diagnosed with craniosynostosis, a condition that prevented her brain from growing. For three months, Deepa experienced suicidal depression. But life turned around the day Richee lay on the operation table.

While family cried outside, Deepa was moved to thank God that there was hope for her child. Back home, as Richee slept recovering from surgery, Deepa felt her say, “I have come into your life so that you will know true happiness.”

Through Sri Prashanthi Academy (SPA) — Deepa and her partner Annapoorna Jayaram’s school for over 90 intellectually challenged children — that prophecy has come true.

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