Doctors from Mumbai’s civic-run KEM hospital treated a 14-year-old Buldhana boy from a rare congenital anomaly. He had developed a tilted spine as one part of the spine did not develop.
Moreover, he started losing the sensations in his leg, and if not treated, then he might have lost the ability to walk. Doctors from Mumbai’s civic-run KEM hospital carried out an 11-hour-long surgery and saved him.
He lost his father two years ago, and wants to take education and earn for his family. Coming from poor socio-economic background, this surgery was life-giving for him.
Dr Tushar Rathod, an orthopaedic surgeon from KEM hospital, Mumbai, said, “His spine had asymmetric growth since birth. Had he not been treated in time, he might have started developing breathing problems. We carried out the 11-hour-long surgery with 900 ml blood loss.”
The hospital operated on him with the help of Mahatma Phule Jan Aarogya Abhiyan (MPJAY) scheme for free by getting approval for 85,000. He had also weakness in lower limb which was improved.
Dr Hemant Deshmukh, Dean of KEM Mumbai, said, “This surgery has made him confident by changing his posture. This surgery will also enable him to earn his livelihood later in life. He would have crippled if not corrected in time. The whole idea is correcting the spinal curvature deformity. This has enabled him to enjoy all the benefits of physical abilities in his teenage year.”
Dr Rathod added, “It was a risky surgery. Also, if the surgery not been done properly, he may have become paralysed in the lower part of his body. We have treated him with the procedure called ‘vertebral column resection’. He was suffering from congenital hemivertebra D11 with severe kyphoscoliosis.”
Rahul Chavan (named changed), said, “I want to study and earn for my family. This surgery has given me a new life.”
Dr Kailas Baviskar, Deputy Director, of Information Education and Communication (IEC) State, said, “Schemes like Mahatma Phule Jan Aarogya Abhiyan has helped this boy. Such schemes are making healthcare affordable for thousands of people, and I appeal to all, who come from poor economic background to come and take treatment at government hospitals.”