Chennai

Free care for babies with spine abnormalities

Kauvery Hospital has launched Thalirgal, a project to treat newborns with brain and spinal abnormalities free of cost.

The project is funded by the Rotary Club of Madras North, which has raised as much as ₹33 lakh (USD 46,750) through the Rotary Foundation.

G. Balamurali, senior consultant spine and neurosurgeon at the hospital, said one in 1,000 live born children could suffer from neural tube defects (spine and brain deformities). Such children suffer from various issues, including poor IQ, disability and incontinence. If they do live longer, then they are wheel-chair bound and the quality of life is poor, he added.

The deformities can be surgically corrected, sometimes through multiple operations involving a team effort from a neurosurgeon, plastic surgeon and an anaesthetist.

Dr. Balamurali said till June, 35 children had undergone the surgery and 34 had survived.

Govt. support

The hospital’s executive director, Aravindan Selvarajan, said the project was being done with the support of the Tamil Nadu government.

The money raised for the project was formally handed over by office-bearers of the Rotary Club of Madras North and the Rotary Foundation to Dr. Aravindan Selvarajan.

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