*Derek Lalchhanhima offered 10 rupees to medical staff to help the dead chick
* He shot to fame after a family friend posted a photo taken by nurse on Facebook
* Derek’s school in India’s Mizoram State has since given him an award certificate
A six-year-old boy who begged hospital staff to save a chick he accidentally ran over with his bike has become a viral internet star in India.
Derek C Lalchhanhima, from Sairang in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram, was pictured holding the dead bird in one hand and a 10-rupee note – all the money he had – in the other.
Family friends said the concerned youngster did not understand that the chicken was dead and begged his parents to take it to hospital.
In the end, he took the limp body to doctors himself. On arrival, a nurse captured his forlorn expression in a photo which has since been shared thousands of times online.
His school was so impressed with his compassion, that they handed him an award for his kindness.
Family friend Sanga Says posted the photo on Facebook after Derek’s father Dhiraj Chhetri, a police officer, showed it to him and told him the heartwarming story.
‘I’m laughing and crying all at the same time,’ he wrote.
‘According to the father, the boy came home with the neighbour’s chick that he had accidentally killed,’ Mr Sanga told India’s NDTV.