Ravishankar is a 21-year-old young boy from Uttar Pradesh. Due to arthritis, he was not able to walk for five years. He had undergone treatment since the last 10 years in Uttar Pradesh but it wasn’t beneficial. Now, thanks to Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivali; Ravishankar will be able to walk again.
Because of arthritis both his hip joints had to be operated on. When his health deteriorated he was brought to Mumbai for advanced treatment. He was hospitalised in Shatabdi hospital in June. His left hip was replaced on June 10 and the right one will be replaced on July 27.
Ravishankar’s elder brother works in Mumbai to earn a livelihood and earns around eight thousand per month. The cost of Ravishankar’s hip replacement surgery was estimated at four lakhs in private hospitals. The family could not afford the cost. So, he was brought to Shatabdi Hospital. His surgery was likely to cost Rs 2,90,000. This amount too was unaffordable for his brother who was barely managing his own expenses. Considering their condition the hospital took an initiative to raise money for his surgeries through funding.
Generally public perceptions of public hospitals are negative but by this gesture, Shatabdi Hospital has proved it wrong.
Medical Superintendent of Shatabdi Hospital, Dr Jayant Chavan gave us more information about this initiative. “When he came into the hospital he was not able to walk at all. His hips had become useless. Surgery was the only option left for him but the family did not have money. We have a Poor Bank System in the hospital. Through this system, we provide financial aid to the underprivileged patients. Rs 1, 25, 000 thousand was raised through the donations for his first surgery. We will arrange money for second surgery as well,” Dr Jayant Chavan said
Dr Kaushal Malhar hip replacement surgeon from Fortis Hospital expressed his pleasure on conducting such surgeries in public hospitals. “Arthritis can take a grip on you at any point in life. These days the youth are falling prey to it more. Hip replacement surgery is the last resort for such patients. In private hospitals, such surgeries cost more than five lakhs. It is a good thing that it is now being done in public hospitals as well.”