Polio Operations Completely Free of Charge!

Angura had polio since age 2, and was severely deformed.

Doctor & medical personnel performing effective yet inexpensive corrective surgery; a standard operation can be performed for $100 per child!  Doctor & medical personnel performing effective yet inexpensive corrective surgery; a standard operation can be performed for $100 per child!

Angura's legs now straight after successful treatment.  Angura's legs now straight after successful treatment.

Polio Child Relief Mumbai, Mumbai, India

Polio Child Relief Mumbai (PCRM) organized another of their medical camps providing free Polio operations for the handicapped children of the slums of India’s largest city, Mumbai (Bombay). PCRM provides effective yet inexpensive corrective surgery for crippled children whose families would be otherwise unable to afford it. (Note: A standard operation can be performed for $100 per child, while the more difficult limb-lengthening surgery is US $210.)

FCF Project Manager Josef Suess of PCRM reports: “India is home to 70% of the world’s polio cases. Working together with the Bombay Foundation for Polio & Disabled, and with sponsorship from Family Care Foundation USA, we first worked with the local media to advertise in the slums and identify children in need of our services.

"Our last medical camp that we organized, run by renowned surgeon and polio specialist Dr. Paresh M. Desai, was inaugurated by the mayor of our area and attended by many local dignitaries. Nearly 150 patients from Mumbai and its surrounding areas received free examinations, and over 30 patients received immediate correctional surgery."

During the 2-day camp, PCR staff cared for each patient individually, in addition to assisting in the operating room, while others helped with transporting and situating the patients. Volunteers also distributed clothing, blankets, and other necessities to the patients and their families during and after the camp, as part of the follow-up care and post-operative therapy included.

Suess continues: “All of the operations performed during the two-day camp were successful and many of the appreciative patients were discharged from the hospital within a few days. The smiles on the faces of these now hopeful youngsters were worth all the effort involved!

"A considerable number of patients with more severe deformities were also examined at the camp but were not able to receive surgery yet mainly due to the need for further examinations, major surgery and/or a set up or unavailability of material at the camp.

"For the remaining patients, we would like to request financial help from anyone interested. Your contribution can truly change the life of one, or several, of these needy children."

For more about this project click the following link: Polio Child Relief