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A helping hand for Sister Beatrice

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Spanish National, Sister Beatrice who underwent knee replacement surgery at Global hospital recently, in Vijayawada on Wednesday.— Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar
Spanish National, Sister Beatrice who underwent knee replacement surgery at Global hospital recently, in Vijayawada on Wednesday.— Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

She has been serving the poor in India for the past 46 years. She came here from Madrid in Spain when she was 29 and has been serving the poor as part of the Carmelite Mission.

Sister Beatrice worked in interior villages until here knees got worn out. She finally landed up in the Henry Martyn Institute, an interfaith institution for reconciliation and research doing a desk job.

With the cartilage in her knee joint getting totally worn out it became too painful for her to even walk.

“I went back to Spain for a knee replacement operation. Treatment is free in Spain, but because of the recession I was only given injections,” she revealed.

It was in this condition she came to Global Hospital here in search of the hospital orthopaedician M. Nagendra Kumar. The doctor said that her knee joint was replaced with a “high flex” artificial knee joint. On the third day after the surgery she could walk and after ten days she could climb steps.

Today Sister Beatrice could even kneel to pray, the surgeon added.

Global Hospital chairman and an NRI Nagendra Rao Thotakura said that 16 years ago when the hospital was built people went abroad for treatment, but medical expenses have become prohibitively high in developed countries and people were looking to India for inexpensive and high quality treatment.


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