Affected persons were identified through a special camp

: The Apollo Specialty Hospitals in Madurai has come forward to do free hand and foot surgeries for children/ adults who have multiple deformities.

This gesture comes due to the encouragement given by the Apollo Hospitals' management and the call given by Association of Plastic Surgeons of India, the hospital authorities said.

As a first step, six persons, including two children, were performed free reconstructive surgeries for deformities and contractures in hand and legs with the support of AASHA Charity, UK, in the last one month. Rohini Sridhar, Chief Operating Officer and Director (Medical Services), Apollo Speciality Hospitals, Madurai, told presspersons on Tuesday that the Apollo management was always concerned about accessibility of top class healthcare for all sections of people.

The six beneficiaries, from two years to 25 years of age, who underwent surgeries, had different types of deformity — joined fingers, dislocation of joint in forearm, extra fingers, contractures in fingers, left foot deformity and so on.

Dr. Rohini Sridhar had thanked the AASHA Foundation for its association in getting the free surgeries done through the hospitals' Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery. Commendation certificates were presented to the team, including Krishnan Swaminathan, consultant endocrinologist and J. Terrence Jose Jerome, hand surgery expert.

Explaining the future plans, the founder of AASHA Trust, Veera Raghavan Gudimetla, said that the first set of six free surgeries was just to kick-start the project and many more free surgeries for hand and leg deformity would be supported through the Trust. Affected persons were identified through a special camp conducted in connection with the ‘Plastic and Reconstructive Day' on July 15. Surgery for each beneficiary lasted for about two years and they had become normal now.

Making a presentation on the surgeries, Dr. Krishnan Swaminathan and Dr. Terrence said that affected persons coming from poor economic background would stand to benefit through the Apollo's gesture.

The Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery is well equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities and the success of complicated/minute surgery was possible due to multi-disciplinary approach, they said.