SPARSH Gurunamana

The Event is a promise

The SPARSH Guru Namana programme is a tribute to teachers. It is an initiative of the SPARSH Foundation- the charitable wing of SPARSH Hospital set-up by Dr Sharan Patil. As a part of this programme, around 100 retired school teachers with crippling arthritis and with no insurance cover will undergo total joint replacement surgery and subsequent post operative care completely free of cost.

The promise

The event is scheduled to be held from September 5 (Teacher's Day) to 12, 2010. A team of 25 specialists from India, UK & USA along with Team SPARSH would conduct the operations. All the personnel involved in this initiative right from the doctors, surgeons, anaesthetics to the theatre staff, nursing staff, dieticians, paramedical staff, physiotherapists etc. will be offering their services for free. The team plans to conduct about 15 surgeries a day and hopes to complete 100 joint replacement surgeries within a week. All the infrastructural logistics including operation theatres, wards, etc. will be offered free of cost by SPARSH Hospital.

The teachers who are to benefit from SPARSH Guru Namana have been identified and assessed medically for their suitability during an initial screening. The screening camp was held on June 25th and 26th at Bangalore. All the tests conducted at the screening camp were performed free of cost.

Every step is now an uphill climb for Kusuma*. While age has worn her knees, the pride she takes in being a teacher remains untouched by time. With a gleam in her eyes she revels in the fact that many of her students are now industry bigwigs and luminaries of society. However today she is confined to the four walls of her home. Her mind is strong and she has the will to help many more but her knees are not willing.

Rudraiah*, a 65 year old maths teacher from Dharwad district has travelled a long way. He revealed that this was one of the longest journeys he had undertaken in the last 2 yrs. He is unable to live like before and needs both emotional and physical support. His only daughter is married and lives elsewhere but her father's pain is never out of her mind. Mr.Rudraiah* feels mobility is life and his reluctance to become dependent, challenges his very existence. Many such stories of pride and pain emerged at the screening.

Fund Raising

How you can HELP?

The complete cost of Guru Namana initiative is estimated to be around Rs. 1 Crore. This is where your support can help 100 teachers to overcome Arthritis. You can sponsor a teacher's surgery or donate towards medical expenses and get 80G tax benefits. You could also volunteer your services for SPARSH Guru Namana

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