Nearly 60 children from Bal Sanjeevani will soon be walking with a steady gait, thanks to therasuit. This is an orthosis made of soft material, worn by children with spasticity. “Noticeable changes in muscle tone take place and the proprioception of these children improves immensely,” says Neville J Bilimoria, a fitness freak and an immigration consultant.
His ‘Dawn To Dusk 2013’ marathon, on foot and on bicycle, was a fun-raiser held in January for this Ambattur-based rehabilitation centre for children with cerebral palsy. The effort led to a collection of close to Rs. 50 lakh. The next mission for Mr. Neville was to get the therasuits from the U.S. Recently, they were presented to the children by Bal Sanjeevani’s brand ambassador Ashok Amritraj. Talking about therasuits, Mr. Neville says that through a system of elastic rubber bands, a patient’s deformed body is realigned. It consists of a soft jacket (from head to toe) with an elastic connector set, exercise shoe and posture control device costing approximately Rs. 1.65 lakh. With the funds, the unit will continue to offer therasuit therapy.
M. Feroz Khan, rehabilitation specialist and doctor in charge of Bal Sanjeevani, will be implementing the therapy. Bala Sanjeevani Cerebral Palsy is a unit of Ambattur Rotary Hospital. Till date, it has offered rehab service for close to 700 children. Mr. Neville is grateful to all the sponsors, especially Woodpecker for raising funds.
Address: ‘Bal Sanjeevani’, Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation Centre, Main Road, AIE, Ambattur.