Newsletter of the Auroville Health Centre
Rajendran is doing well...
In the last issue of .Kuyil
we talked about Rajendran, a patient who was undergoing physiotherapy,
but suddenly complained that he was not able to move his upper &
lower limbs. At the local JIPMER Hospital (a medical school and hospital
in Pondicherry) the doctor advised magnetic resonance image (MRI) scan
so that his problem could be further investigated. We took him to Sri
Ramchandra Hospital at Chennai which is a multi specialty institution
with neuro-orthopedic specialists. We came to know that he was suffering
from a compression of the spinal cord which caused the paralysis of
his arms and legs. To relieve this compression a risky and expensive
surgery was advised. The situation was explained in detail to Rajendran
who by this time felt he had nothing to loose. A lengthy and successful
We are happy to report that
Rajendran has made good progress since then. He is back with us at
the Health center and undergoing regular physiotherapy. He has gained
good power and function in his arms. His legs, although better than
before, are still spastic. We are however seeing changes slowly with
Psychologically he is a
transformed person and looks to the future with optimism.
talked to Rajendran…
How are you your feeling after the surgery?
am confident I will be walking and be able to do things like a normal
What is the difference between before and after surgery?
I didn't feel the sensation when some one touched me. I had no control
of urine. After the surgery
I have urinary control and improvement and use of my arms.
I can move my upper limbs but the grip in my right hand is
still weak. I hope to get it stronger soon. I
try to extend my legs and can feel my lower limbs. I am confident
to do my work independently in a few months.
What are your feelings about the Health Centre?
consider everyone in the Health Centre as one of my own family.
What is your future plan?
want to set up a small shop in my village.
Recently Assumpta spent
a month in the Apollo Hospital in Chennai receiving treatment for
her cancer. She came
back looking good, weighing an extra 5kg - ‘the food was so delicious!’
As she is now unable to walk without help she was admitted
to the Health Centre where she keeps herself busy by helping with
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