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Gangadhar preparing for CA Articles at his residence in Rajahmundry. —
Gangadhar preparing for CA Articles at his residence in Rajahmundry. —

B.V.S. Bhaskar

Gangadhar is leaving no stone unturned to raise money for surgery and realise his ambition of becoming a CA

Rajahmundry: A crippling disorder on the one hand and the ambition to scale greater heights academically on the other. For a person who hails from a BPL family, it’s certainly an arduous task. Meet Kotha Venkata Gangadhar, a resident of the city.

Son of Nageswara Rao, a clerk in a petty shop, Gangadhar completed schooling and college studies at Veeresalingam Theistic Society. The Young Man Vysya Association has extended him all help and even met his expenses towards studies.

With an ambition to make it big in Chartered Accountancy, Gangadhar approached V. Bhaskararam, a CA, and sought his help to appear for the Intermediate (prelims) examination of the course. He was successful in passing the examination and was keen on writing the CA Articles when all his drams were shattered. One morning in the year 2006, he could not get up on his own. He realised that nothing was responding from waist upwards. He was rushed to a nearest hospital. Later, he consulted orthopaedic surgeon G. Aravindam and some doctors in Hyderabad too. All of them confirmed that he was struck by a rare disorder called “Sero Negative Spondylo Orthopahy or Ankylosing Spondilosis,” which normally affects one in one lakh persons. Though a curable disorder, for Gangadhar it’s a tall order.

With his efforts for help from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund not successful, Gangadhar presently looks forward for help and is moving from door to door to raise Rs. 8 lakhs that is needed for surgery.


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