• It is sometimes difficult to comprehend the miseries of those suffering from devastating Spinal ailments. However  imagine the scenario of a worker dependent on his daily wages to feed himself and his family members dependent on him. If such a worker suffers a spinal injury it not only paralyses him, but also deprives him and the whole family from the daily bread.

  • Spinal injury management is the most expensive as compared to that of any other ailment, since it requires a multidisciplinary team management, long duration of hospitalization ( ranging from 3 months to 6 months depending on the level of injury) and a lifelong follow up. On top of it, the Spinal Injured is not able to pursue his vocation, at least temporally and many of them have to move on towards different vocation which could be pursued from a wheelchair, thus affecting the family earning.   Thus not only the under privileged but even the upper middle income group can’t afford the full & long term  treatment for Spinal Injuries. Most of them face difficulties in getting back to a normal life style including a vocation due to lack of finances.

  • Similarly many people are not able to afford the treatment of other spinal ailments which require complex surgery and expensive implants.
    You could help the underprivileged & devastated through various sponsorship options for individual patients  as mentioned  below:-

    1. Medicines - Upto a maximum of Rs. 10,000/- for the patient.
    2. Wheelchair - Ranging from Rs. 8,000 -  Rs. 15,000 per month (electric wheelchair could cost upto Rs. 1,50,000/-).
    3. Surgery  -  Ranging from Rs. 20,000 - Rs. 80,000 per month.
    4. Implants - Ranging from Rs. 25,000 - Rs. 3,00,000.
    5. Vocation - Ranging from Rs. 10,000/- onwards.

    You could interact directly with the patients &  hand over cash / medicines/ wheelchair etc. to them or you could do so through the Social Worker. In order to ensure that your assistance is used for the purpose for which it was meant, It is advisable that rather than handing over cash to the patients, you  help them in kind. If you do so through the Social Worker the details of the beneficiary will be revealed to you & the Social Worker will get you to talk to him/her.
    Your assistance need not necessarily be in the form of cash/kind. You could also help the patient through devoting your valuable time for the below mentioned activities:-

    • Taking the Spinal Injured for a recreational  activity outside the hospital.
    • Assisting the Spinal Injured in the hospital so that the care giver (family member) can be free for other activities.
    • Spending some time with the Spinal Injured in the hospital for some recreational activities or just having a chat.
    •  Following up after discharge of the Spinal Injured at his/her home in order to find out the difficulties being faced by him/her and sharing these with the treating Doctor & team with a view to find solutions.