Boy's parents vital to his recovery

GOT HIS BACK: Supash’s parents Supashini and V. Senthilkumar have been pillars of strength for their boy. - TNP PHOTO: SIMON KER

We could not have got to this point with Supash if it were not for his parents, said his doctor, Associate Professor Marion Aw.

The senior consultant at National University Hospital's division of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition said that Supash crossed many hurdles to recovery, such as the transplant surgery and immediate post-operative period.

But the medical staff, including a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, dietician and physiotherapist, could not have done it without Mr V. Senthilkumar and Madam Supashini.

"His parents have been extremely supportive and dedicated to his care," Dr Aw told The New Paper.

She said that Supash is on his way to leading a normal life and is eating well.

Before the operation, most of the food was fed to him through a feeding tube inserted into his mouth.

"But several weeks after the transplant, we have been able to take out the feeding tube and he is eating all his food by himself," she said.

Supash, however, has to take anti-rejection medicine, which leaves him at a higher risk to infections, especially in the immediate post-transplant period.

So he has to take up to 11 types of medicine daily. He also has to attend regular check-ups, first weekly, then possibly monthly as he gets better.


Medical social workers are assisting Supash's family financially and the hospital staff have taught his parents how to manage his medication and what to look out for after the operation.

"Supash is a brave boy. Throughout his illness, he has been a strong fighter," Dr Aw said.

"Just before the transplant, it was obvious that he was suffering quite a fair bit. He was more quiet and less active. Now, he is an active and cheerful little boy."