Many Indians suffer limb loss and paralysis as a result of accidents and disease. The Rehabilitation Institute has a superb record of treating those affected and helping both the patient and their family secure a sustainable lifestyle. In some cases the Institute has helped those affected set up small businesses within their physical capacity. Patients in “Rehab” can be there for many weeks and the impact on families can be great. The Institute is both a centre of excellence for medical help and a source of real hope for those often suddenly suffering a life changing set back.
In 2016 the Rehabilitation Institute (Rehab) at CMC celebrated its Golden Jubilee – 50 years since it was founded by the famous “wheelchair surgeon” Dr Mary Varghese. Like the founder of Rehab, many of their patients require wheelchairs. The British charity, Motivation, make wheelchairs which are far better than the clunky, locally-made version, but are double the price. So poorer self-paying patients tend to opt for the local ones. CMC has recently set up a charitable fund to help purchase Motivation wheelchairs for deserving patients. Thanks to a lovely donation, we were able to send £2,145 in 2015 to Rehab for their wheelchair fund.