Epilepsy rehabilitation centre in Mumbai, now a reality

On the eve of National Epilepsy Day on November 17, the Epilepsy Foundation in Mumbai has started a rehabilitation centre for children, with an aim to rehabilitation of such patients. Rehabilitation will include occupational therapy, counseling session, speech therapy, yoga sessions and so on


Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behaviour, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. Anyone can develop epilepsy. Epilepsy affects both males and females. Owing to which, The Epilepsy foundation in Mumbai has now started an epileptic children’s school. Children with epilepsy generally find it very difficult to attend school with others. Moreover a specialized school would be of immense help too.

“The school will start from today. We will engage students from Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm.  Therapy sessions as well as free epilepsy clinics have been set up,” said Dr Nirmal Surya, a senior consultant neuro-physician at Bombay hospital and the founder trustee and chairman of Epilepsy Foundation.

“Epilepsy rehabilitation and management centre is one of its kind in the world, it includes day care school for patients with epilepsy who haven’t gone to school or who are dropouts along with various other therapies and training. The patients will have a holistic care for epilepsy at this rehabilitation centre including advance music therapy and yoga. The services will be totally free for epilepsy patients,” he added.

Dr Nirmal Surya
Dr Nirmal Surya

“Epilepsy affects at least 11 to 12 million people in India. I hope to help as many people as I can,” he added.

The Foundation has been working tirelessly for treating patients from the mofussil areas of the state. The foundation has organized free camps every year, since 2011. “We have conducted more than 59 camps in 6 years. Now, the 60th camp will be held in the end of September. In these 6 years, we have seen 23,259 patients,” said Dr Surya.

The rehabilitation centre will include physiotherapy sessions along with occupational, music as well as speech therapy. Tuesdays will be reserved for free epilepsy clinic. Counselling, vocational training as well as yoga sessions will be conducted.

Dr Surya enumerates that “All of these will help to treat epilepsy. I hope that people benefit from these free of cost services.”