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A 20-year-old Liberian national, named, Nuiker Varteikai, was unable to walk properly since she was a 7-year-old; she also experienced constant pain in her hips and knees.

The patient sought treatment locally, but to her dismay, they were unable to find the right answers. Unwilling to allow this young patient’s health to be hampered, members of a local church decided to help her and sought treatment at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai.

On arrival, her case was evaluated by Dr Sachin Bhonsle, Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, at the hospital. After a detailed assessment, she was diagnosed with end-stage arthritis and worn out joints.

The patient was advised to undergo a right hip and left knee replacement with high-quality ceramic coated prosthetic joints.

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Dr Sachin Bhosale, Senior Consultant, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Fortis Hospital Mulund with the patient, Nuiker Varteikai

She underwent surgery in a single setting; post-op her physiotherapy sessions commenced. She was discharged from the hospital within a weeks’ time, and she walked out of the premises without limping, for the first time in many years.

Speaking about the case, Dr Sachin Bhosale, Senior Consultant, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Fortis Hospital Mulund, said, “Miss Varteikai was unable to walk since the age of seven, and the local doctors were unable to diagnose and treat her condition appropriately.”

He added, “Post-operation when she took her first stable step, she was delighted! Our young patient aspires to be a nurse, she should be able to complete her schooling soon and fulfil her dreams.”

Doctors have advised her to abstain from high impact activities so that the joints function well and last.

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