Armed with a smile

7-year-old Maykannan Perumal Harijan was born handicapped. He had only one arm. In January 2018, we started working for ragpicker's children and noticed his missing arm. We spoke to his parents who said that they couldn't get a disability certificate for him as there had been no accident case they could use as proof, and when Maykannan was born, the hospital did not mention he was born without an arm. With a little bit of research, we managed to trace the hospital and called them to issue the certificate. Finally, Maykannan’s parents were able to secure a disability certificate for him, which gave him a few privileges. We also got him an artificial arm with a motor. His innocent smile after wearing the arm lit up our lives.

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