A wonderful piece on CRHP’s first surgical camp in Jamkhed, India. The post follows the story of a thirteen year-old boy named Sarthak whose life was changed by free and safe surgical healthcare at CRHP’s Julia Hospital, demonstrating the potential power and possibility of cost-effective surgical procedures as a tool for global health change.
Written by Sandhira Wijayaratne, Mabelle Arole Fellow – Film by Safiya Noor Dhanani, Intern
A thirteen year-old boy sits on the draped hospital bed of CRHP’s dressing room, watching as a technician cuts away at the cast on his left forearm. The wrist nestled within—straight and solid—looks a lot different than what it did weeks before. As a new cast is shaped around his arm, Sarthak wriggles his fingers, displaying deft movement around the rapidly drying plaster. Satisfied, he looks up at his grandfather sitting beside him, and smiles.
It’s been a month since CRHP hosted its most recent surgical camp, and the first with our partner, the Freedom From Poverty Foundation. For a week in late January, surgical teams from Canada, Italy, and Australia worked with our hospital staff to perform operations on patients suffering from a variety of disabilities—cleft palates and cleft lips, foot and hand deformities…
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