Age – 24 years
Location – DhandukaPurvi a girl of 24 years could not see; her life was not so earlier –at the age of 7 years one day while she was playing in field some particle went into her eye and the local village doctor mishandled her case miserably by pouring some wrong eye drops and she became blind. Purvi had lot of dreams in her eyes for education which was dumped and her parents’ wish to see their girl child educated and married also shattered. They were praying day and night to God for miracle so that Purvi could see.. And the God ultimately paid heed to their prayers – a social worker while visiting their village came to know about Purvi’s condition. Without wasting time she straightway brought Purvi to Polio Foundation and took special interest to see that her Cornea grafting operation is taken on priority basis. The operation was fully successful and Purvi got her vision back. Her parents profusely thanked the Social Worker , Polio foundation and it’s Doctors for their help.
Location: Sanand Village – Ahmedabad District
Veeru, now aged 10 years belonging to Sanand village of Ahmedabad District had lost his vision due to an accident at the age of 3 years. Hence his education and playing activities came to a grinding halt. His parents also lost all hope of his getting back vision. Veeru always remained sitting in a corner of his house, not much talking with other boys of same age group as he took his blindness as the curse of God. But for Veeru’S luck started smiling, when an Eye Camp was organized in his village and he was diagnosed by a Doctor. The doctor advised him to contact Polio Foundation where he knew about the free cornea grafting operation. Veeru had to wait for someday as Polio Foundation had to search for a eye donor. As soon as eye donor was finalized, Veeru was operated at Polio Foundation Cornea Grafting Unit by a renowned Eye Surgeon. The operation was successful and Veeru got back his vision. Today Veeru is able to go to school with other boys and play with them and leading a happy childhood
Son of Shri Naginbhai Parmar and Smt. Alkaben Parmar, aged 13 years belongs to a very poor family living in Kijal village near Daskroi, Gujarat. His father maintains his family of 8 members by odd tailoring jobs, having a monthly income of INR3000, i.e. USD 55 only.From birth he was having deformed spine which developed into a big hump on his back as he grows. In spite of him looking cosmetically very ugly but he had a passion for study and is regular in going to school and now he is studying in 8th Standard.On seeing him in a Diagnostic camp one of the Doctors of Polio Foundation requested his parents to take him to Polio Foundation Hospital for better treatment as he was aware of the arrival of Spine Surgeons from Cincinnati Children Hospital of USA. Initially the parents were not agreeing due to poor economical condition but when they learnt that it would be totally free of cost they came down with Anil for surgery. A long 7 hours surgery was performed by Dr Alvin Crawford and his support team and ultimately Anil became normal.Master Anil is hidden artist in himself. He has the special ability and skills to draw sketches of persons and objects in short time.He will be now able to study further to support his father economically at his advanced age. His father almost cried learning about his son’s recovery and expressed gratitude to all for their humanitarian work.
Daughter of Shadikkhan pathan and Nahanu Pathan, aged 8 years brought joy to her parents as she was the only girl child in her family. They are from Borsad, Anand District in Gujarat where her father works as a laborer with a monthly income of INR5000, i.e. USD 90 only.But when they found that she was having congenital knee contracture of both knees with spinal deformity their joy faded very soon. They found a big hump on Anishabanu’s back due to which she was not able to stand straight and walk properly. She was having congenital knee contracture of both knees with spinal deformity .Still her parents got her admitted in school as she was also very good in study. Now she is studying in 3rdStandard; but they were very much upset and could not do anything due to their poor economical condition. While in a diagnostic Medical Camp Anishabanu’s parents met with a Doctor who advised them to go to Polio Foundation Hospital as they treat patients with utmost care without any fees. When they came to Polio Foundation, luck smiled for Anishabanu as the Surgeons from USA for Scoliosis Surgery were due to arrive very soon. She was immediately registered for the surgery and the Surgery was successful. After Surgery she is happy that she will able to lead a normal life and pursue her goal of study. Anisha’s family members lost word to express their thanks to Polio Foundation.
The cute daughter of Shri Dipakbhai Solanki and Smt Nimishaben Solanki, aged 5 years from Ahmedabad belongs to a lower middle class family; her father works in a Private Firm with a monthly income of INR 10000 , i.e. less than USD200 only. She is a student of Nursery Standard in a local school.From birth she had spinal deformity, which is called as congenital scoliosis, due to which she could not walk or stand she even could not sit for a long time. She used to get tired for this. Her parents consulted a number of surgeons but did not get any proper response or way out.Lastly her parents got the reference of Polio Foundation from a relative. They came to know that at Polio Foundation renowned Doctors treat patients without charging any fees. Manyata was quite lucky as a team of Spine Surgeons from USA were due to visit Polio Foundation for undertaking surgery of such patients. They took this as a boon from God. Manyata was admitted for the surgery and on pre-scheduled day a team of 10 doctors and support staff from Cincinnati Children Hospital of USA performed the surgery which lasted around 6 hours and it was totally successful. After the surgery Manyata’s curvature of spine has become almost normal and she may be able to lead a usual life. Her parents are happy like anything and bestowed praise for the team of Surgeons and Polio Foundation. They are more happy since they are not charged anything by Polio Foundation for this Surgery.
Harsh Chandreshbhai Yadav
He was born on 14/07/2007 at a hospital in Chadkheda near Ahmedabad to a middle class family. He was born at full term and delivered normally. He also cried immediately but on day third he developed respiratory distress with sepsis leading to convulsions. Helped by doctors available there and survived but was left with delayed development of milestones and right hemi paresis. Harsh came to Polio foundation 30th July 2010 with such condition unable to walk independently and use his right upper & lower limb. Our experts examined and planned his treatment to develop his motor skill, occulomotor co ordination and self skill development plus our pediatric orthopedic surgeon helped him with bilateral Tendo Achilles recession. The result was soon evident in four months. He was able to do work independently, does all his activities of daily living ( buttoning shirts, opening and closing the stoppers, hanging out shirts, to switch on & off the light, etc.) with appropriate play therapy and sensory stimulation he started playing with toys. Parents of Harsh have felt so relieved of this success of their child. ….
14 years old- male was struck with nature’s fury in the form of cerebral palsy leaving him both lower limbs in spastic state. He had gross scissoring of his legs at hip and tight hamstring muscles barely allowing him to stand or walk. He was attended by specialist orthopedic surgeon trained in such problems at Toronto-Canada. His surgeries were successful and he was thereafter able to ambulate independently in short time of three months only. Today, under guidance of our expert and well trained physiotherapist he continues to enjoy self sufficient life….
Varshaben Laljibhai Chaudhari
Age: 15 years
A rare and queer case where the girl was operated upon for Polio corrective surgery and due to the failure of the operative procedure, contractures developed and she had a disability of around 50-60% in her leg.
Her financial condition did not allow her the luxury for another surgery in a private hospital and hence she had to live with the defect. It is at this time that Polio Foundation extended its ever spreading healing touch and performed a right knee release procedure and also provided the girl with calipers.
She is now able to stand up straight and walk around without much discomfort. She is now able to go to school and is able to help her mother and father in their daily chores too
Rekhaben Sonjiben Pattani
Age: 12 years
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 Polio 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.
Gopal Pasabhai Bharwad
Age: 14 years
A multitude of cases abound at Polio Foundation where the children affected with polio or cerebral palsy have been treated, operated and rehabilitated successfully.
Gopal’s case is one more such incident where he was suffering from Polio right from his birth. Being the elder of two children, his parents were worried for his upbringing and future course of action. Moreover his income was measly and could not afford to provide costly operative surgery and medication to his children.
Polio Foundation once again became the saving grace for this family and operated on the 14 month old child and provided calipers for his proper ambulatory movement. Since then it has been a happy ending for this family as Gopal now is able to walk and run independently and perform most of his chores on his own.
Jatin Purshottam Parmar – 98985 76385
Age: 21 years
This is one more case where Polio Foundation has enabled a young person to achieve success in life – to work and educate himself and learn to be self sufficient.
Operated in 18/4/2008.
Left leg totally bent. Repaired after operation. Now able to move freely and perform his own activities.
Suffering from the debilitating disease – Polio he somehow managed to complete his graduation and obtained a job as a computer teacher at a computer institute. He hails from a family where he has to feed 3 sisters and two brothers. His father used to navigate an auto rickshaw on hire after losing his job as a diamond worker due to the recession.
It was very difficult for him to move around and perform his daily routine of activities and transportation was a big headache.
Subsequent to his operation at Polio Foundation, he his now able to use all modes of transportation to reach his destination of work and help out in the daily chores at home also
Satyaprakash Kishansingh Rajput – 99240 42271
Age: 22 years
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 Polio 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 Polio Foundation has helped satisfy the needs of another poverty stricken household.
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.
Polio 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.
Polio 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.
Suhana Pathan 16 years
Another feather has been added to the success story history at Polio 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 Polio 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.
Heena Dilipkumar – 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 Polio 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 Polio Foundation has rehabilitated a handicapped person’s life and med her independent.
Chirag Dineshbhai Raval – 20 years
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 Polio 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. Polio Foundation has been inspirational in adding the much needed confidence in Chirag’s life