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12 children recover from burns

KUMBAKONAM, JULY 24. Twelve children who suffered burns in the July 16 school fire here and were undergoing treatment at the Government Hospital here are now ready for being discharged on Monday.

They were given specialised treatment since they were brought to the hospital on July 16. They are now cheerful. They spent anxious moments with their response to treatment varying. But continuous attention by doctors saved them from the jaws of death.

The children say "namaste" to those who enter the ward to see them. They now play in the ward. But they remain silent when asked what happened on the fateful day.

According to doctors, as some of them have wounds in the hands and legs, they may have to stay for some time to avoid getting infection at home if they are sent at this stage.

They will now go to new schools — to a new environment and new friends.

During their stay in the hospital they drew the attention of VVIPs, including their favourite matinee idols.

`Moksha Deepam'

Sri Shanmugha Desika Gnanasambanda Paramacharya Swamigal of the Dharumapuram Adheenam, Sri Sivaprakasa Pandara Sannidhigal of Thiruvavaduthurai, Sivagraha Yogi, Gurumaha Sannidhanam of Suriyanarkovil and Sri Neelakanta Desika Swamigal of the Veeranasa Mutt, Kumbakonam, will participate in special poojas and mass prayers and light a `Moksha Deepam' at the Adhi Kumbeswarar temple in Kumbakonam on Monday evening praying for the children killed in the July 16 school fire in that town.

S. Vanchinathan, president, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Nagapattinam district, told The Hindu today that the mutt heads would visit nearby Natham to console the parents of the deceased children and also the Government Hospital, Kumbakonam, to offer `prasadams' to the injured.

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