Some say, fate has dealt a cruel on these young souls. But it is truly God’s grace that he has considered them as their chosen children and brought them to the door steps of Health and Care Foundation. It is with the intervention of all medical specialists, staff and members of Health and Care Foundation that many such disabled children like Abalben have been successfully operated upon for the disease and have hence led a fruitful and regular life after surgery. It is the faith and belief of the common man and society in the work profile and activities at Health and Care Foundation that has led to such a vast influx of patients who have benefitted at our institute through operative, non-operative, counseling and vocational support.
Asma Shaikh, a girl of 12 years of age from a poor family residing in Kandharvadi, Banswada, Rajasthan, suffered a stroke of the dreaded polio disease in her right leg in her childhood. She was feeling miserable as she had to limp to go to school. She could not have gone on a cycle on a hilly path. Asma was operated on her leg with Ilizarov technique and after remaining in the hospital for 4 months, she was able to stand and walk with the help of calipers. When she was able to walk for the first time, all the staff members, relatives as well as the patient herself were all in tears with joy. Today Asma is able to perform all her daily duties without the help of another person or calipers and is a very happy person.
At present Manoj is 19 years of age and is leading an almost active life preparing for his ICWA exams without anybody’s essential help. His story starts at the very beginning when he contracted the dreaded disease – Polio very early in his life at around one and a half years of age. Coming from a poor family of 6 members including 3 brothers and one sister, his financial condition did not allow him the luxury of expensive treatments and hence he initially took treatment from government hospitals and when no recovery was in sight, he then consulted a private hospital with unsatisfactory results. Those were difficult days in his life, since he was unable to stand for long periods of time and also suffered weakness in his legs. The social stigma he faced during these trying times added spice to the growing discontent of his inability. He then consulted Health and Care Foundation and through our team of doctors and paramedics, he was successfully operated on his right leg and was provided calipers from the foundation itself. After regular physiotherapy and vocational guidance, Manoj is now able to stand up properly and carry out his daily chores with aplomb and ease. Inspired with the success of his surgery, he joined ICWA for a degree in cost and works accountancy and has already completed one year of the arduous two and a half year course. It is notable that he is able to travel long distances and also stand in buses to reach his destination. Health and Care Foundation has been inspirational in adding the much needed confidence in Manoj’s life.
The background seems characteristically similar. A large family – 7 members including herself, lower socio-economic strata of society, a seriously debilitating illness and inability to perform personal tasks. Polio has been known to affect such children and Rekha is one such polio affected child. Her days began with sorrow for herself and her family as she was unable to perform her tasks on her own and she was slowly becoming a liability for her parents. It is during this time that they approached Health and Care Foundation for her rehabilitation programme and the doctors readily accepted the challenge and operated upon her and post physiotherapy, she was fit to resume her daily activities. It was really heartening to see this girl perform her activities on her own and take care of her own self. A glad smile on her parents’ face added a sparkle to the moment.
This is a case where a congenital anomaly affecting a new born child was appropriately rehabilitated at Health and Care Foundation. The child was born with a congenital defect – congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV). Being their only child, the parents were quite depressed due to this defect and since the defect was clearly visible since child birth, the child was strapped with calipers from the early stages of life. Subsequently he was taken to a government hospital where they used plasters to correct his deformity. After obtaining no result from such procedures at various places in the interiors of Gujarat, his parents were fortunately redirected to Health and Care Foundation, Ahmedabad for further analysis and management. The team of medicos and paramedics at Health and Care Foundation were ready for such a situation and necessary action was taken. The Jess fixator was applied and bilateral CTEV calipers were provided to the child. Presently there is a considerable change in the position of the feet of the child and he is able to walk with support also.
At present Chirag is 20 years of age and is leading a near normal active life and performing all his daily chores without anybody’s essential help.
His story starts at the very beginning when he contracted the dreaded disease – Polio very early in his life at around one and a half years of age. His financial condition did not allow him the luxury of expensive treatments and hence he initially took treatment from the government hospital i.e. L.G. hospital and when no recovery was in sight, he then consulted a private hospital with unsatisfactory results.
During this difficult period he took admission in primary school and tried to lead a normal life. But fate had other ideas. He used to crawl on all four and found it difficult to stand for a long time. Yet he continued studying till the 8th standard and due to the fact that the 9th standard class was on the second floor and it would have been a hazardous task for him to climb the stairs daily, he left schooling and remained at home.
He then consulted Health and Care Foundation and through our team of doctors and paramedics, he was operated on his left leg successfully and provided calipers from the foundation itself.
After regular physiotherapy and vocational guidance, Chirag is now able to stand up properly and carry out his daily chores with aplomb and ease. Subsequently he enrolled for a mobile repairing course and is now running his own unit for repairing various such gadgets. Health and Care Foundation has been inspirational in adding the much needed confidence in Chirag’s life.
Age – 22 years
Heena’s is one more case where the foundation has been inspirational in providing the healing touch to a handicapped person’s life. Heena contracted polio since childhood and the financial condition notwithstanding she was operated for the same in Mumbai and provided calipers to walk around. But subsequently she found it difficult to carry out her daily activities and hence stopped wearing the calipers after two years. With much difficulty she completed her elementary schooling and did her grad uation in Primary Teacher’s Training course (PTC).
Yet Heena was in much pain and was in constant agony. To ease her pain, she was referred to various doctors and subsequently landed up at the doorstep of Health and Care foundation. She was successfully operated upon and then her life has really changed for the better.
She is now able to stand up straight and perform her daily activities without much discomfort. Her gait strength has increased and her walk is brisk almost like a normal person. She is now able to walk with a walking stick also. Hence forth she is now employed as a primary school teacher at a village called Damnagar, taluka – Gariyadhar, district – Amreli, Saurashtra.
She is a shining example of how the Health and Care Foundation has rehabilitated a handicapped person’s life and med her independent.
Age – 16 years
Another feather has been added to the success story history at Health and Care foundation. Suhana was also stricken with Polio since childhood and even after regular consultations with orthopedicians in her area, she was not advised operation by any of the doctors. Hence life had become hell for her. She was not able to walk normally and was also not able to stand properly. She had to sit down within a few minutes as her leg would give away. Her difficulty was so pronounced that her heels were not touching the ground even while standing.
Inspite of all these difficulties and problems she continued her education and tried her level best to minimize her pains and try to lead a normal life. Yet it was a tough task to do so on her part.
Once doctors at Health and Care foundation took a look at her and examined her properly, she was advised operative procedures and the girl and her family readily agreed. Subsequently she was operated upon successfully and provided calipers for her regular activities. With proper physiotherapy and guidance, she was able to walk without difficulty and most importantly she started climbing stairs too and the real dream was when she started to bicycle too. This was a real dream success for all involved and for the family of Suhana.
She is now successfully continuing her education and is studying in the 9th standard. Her success story will surely act as an inspiration for many handicapped children plagued with such difficulties.
Age: 5 years
Priyanshi’s case is one where the foundation has been inspirational, more through its physiotherapy treatment in providing the healing touch to a child suffering from a congenital anomaly.
Priyanshi is a child suffering from the lesser known and insignificantly documented cerebral palsy disorder, which has now significantly assumed greater proportions and is in the limelight because of the debilitation it causes in new born children.
The girl is an only child of her parents who can ill afford the costly treatment including regular physiotherapy which is a prerequisite in such patients. Her father is hardly able to make ends meet, working as a small time assistant in a medical centre in a village outside Ahmedabad.
Health and Care Foundation took up the initiative to treat and manage the debilitation of Priyanshi and performed the necessary surgical procedures free of cost. Moreover her transportation costs are now looked into by the Ramilaben Jain trust.
She is now able to stand up straight and walk around without much discomfort. She is now able to go to school on a regular basis also.
Health and Care Foundation has been able to rehabilitate the child to some extent but is unable to cure her hearing and speech defects which are a part and parcel of cerebral palsy disorders.
Age: 22 years
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Fate had dealt a cruel blow to Satyaprakash. A tailor by profession, he was unable to use his legs to perform his daily routine and earn for the family.
Coming from a very poor family of 4 members including an elder brother who handled odd jobs like masonry and house painting to add to the household income, Satyaprakash felt very helpless and unhappy as he was able to contribute only about 600 – 700 Rs. per month. His disability notwithstanding, he tried valiantly to increase his burden of work but to no avail.
He then consulted Health and Care Foundation and through our team of doctors and paramedics, he was successfully operated for right hip and knee release and plantar tenotomy and was provided two different calipers from the foundation itself.
After regular physiotherapy, Satyaprakash can now work for more number of hours and carry out his daily chores with aplomb and ease. He can now carry out all types of tailoring work and increase his monthly income.
His jobless parents know no bounds of happiness to see their son settled in life despite the inherent disability and it seems Health and Care Foundation has helped satisfy the needs of another poverty stricken household.