200 needy kids to be operated free of cost


The surgeries are being performed on an unprecedented scale with doctors and paramedical staff from a number of countries participating in round-the-clock operations.
 The surgeries will be performed during the week beginning October 19 to 25, by 30 orthopaedic specialists, including 10 experts from the UK, two from the United States and 10 specialists from other states of India.

The doctors will be operating 24 hours a day with teams working in shifts. The hospital will suspend all its routine activities during the week to focus its attention on the children.
Among the children who will be operated are two and a half year old Manjunath of Sirsi of Uttara Kannada and Diya Bhattacharya, of West Bengal who suffers from a complex condition in her legs. While Manjunath suffers from duplication of toes and fingers, Diya’s limbs are twisted. A special gadget known as the Hexapod will be fitted on to Diya’s legs to help improve her condition.

But perhaps most notably, an eight year old boy Harish Babu, who suffers from a condition where his left leg is 12 cm shorter than his right leg, will be fitted with a limb extension device. This device will help his limb grow by at least three centimetres every few months.
Meanwhile, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is among those who have lent their support to this pioneering initiative. Khan visited the kids at the Sparsh hospital on Monday and pledged to help fund the surgeries through his NGO ‘Being Human’.

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