Pune: In a different initiative, Rotary Club of Pune Magarpatta City (RCPMC), supported by Noble Hospital, Hadapsar, has started a social initiative, ‘Modular Prosthesis and Amputee Rehabilitation’, to provide free artificial prosthetic legs to amputees from financially challenged sections of society. In a year’s time, around 30 amputees have already benefited from this ‘Gift of Mobility’.
Viewing this project with a long-term perspective, RCPMC decided to pursue this on a much larger scale and recently embarked on a two-year mission of helping at least 375 amputees from Pune.
This socially beneficial project has already received a global grant of around Rs 35 lakh from Rotary International and was formally launched by Rotary International President (2015-16) Gary Huang.
One of the beneficiaries, 23-year-old Gautam Manjhara, was elated after he started walking with his artificial leg.
Eknath Geete, who was the first beneficiary of this project, recounted his experience and said, “I lost my leg on January 15, 2016 in a bus accident. I had given up all hopes of walking again. My daughter-in-law informed me of this initiative by RCPMC and then I visited Noble Hospital where they helped me and gave me this leg. Now I am able to walk again, this is no less than a miracle.”
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sampath Dumbre Pati, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Noble Hospital, said that this is a modern treatment method and is very different from the Jaipur foot.
“It is modular and the artificial leg has different parts. It is custom built to the measurements of every patient and is very comfortable to use,” Pati said.
Rtn. Suryakant Chaudhary, President, Rotary Club Magarpatta City (2017-18), said, “This project is close to our hearts and we intend to put our collaborative efforts in making this project grow in strength over the coming years.”
He has also invited citizens to donate generously for further projects on the knee prosthesis, which are on the anvil. Dr Dilip Mane, MD Noble Hospital, shared their commitment to the modular prosthesis cause of RCPMC. He further added that they are supporting this initiative for social commitment and expect many poor to take benefit of this.
A motivational talk for the amputee-beneficiaries was also organised where Nandkumar Phule, Medical Social Worker, spoke about the benefits of modular prosthesis and encouraged RCPMC to continue this project with passionate commitment.