Report of Surgical Venture held on 11th June & 12th June 2017 at Sahayak Surgical Centre, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

A Surgical Venture was organized at Sahayak Surgical Centre, Manali, Himachal Pradesh from 11th June to 12th June 2017 by Indian Menopause Society &Okti Foundation Delhi under aegis of Sant Parmanand Hospital, RCOG (NZ), AOGD & Himalayan Trust. A total of 32 patientswere operated free of cost. This camp was financially supported by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation ( ONGC). The Surgical team included Dr George Verghese, Dr Shiela Verghese, Dr T C Sharma and Dr Sonal Bathla.

S.No Name Sex Age Diagnosis Surgery
1. Krishan Swaroop Male 76yrs BPH TURP
2. Sumna Female 50yrs Cholelithiasis Cholecystectomy
3. Gajju Ram Male 89yrs Bladder diverticulum Diverculectomy
4. Angyal Male 59yrs Cholelithiasis Cholecystectomy
5. Dev Nandi Female 65yrs Prolapse Uterus Vaginal Hysterectomy with repair
6. Jalfu Ram Male 43yrs Left Ureteric stone Left URS
7. Adtya Male 13yrs Hypospadias Hypospadias repair
8. Om Prakash Male 32yrs Cholelithiasis Cholecystectomy
9. Chet Ram Male 51yrs Cholelithiasis & Pancreatic cyst Cholecystectomy & drainage
10. Chunni Lal Male 69yrs Left inguinal Hernia Hernia Repair with Mesh
11. Ram Kali Female 55yrs Cystocoele Cystocele repair
12. Shakuntala Female 48yrs Prolapse uterus Vaginal Hysterectomy with repair
13. Balam Chand Male 32yrs Cholelithiasis Cholecystectomy
14. Prem Singh Male 66yrs Cholelithiasis Cholecystectomy
15. Anil Kumar Male 19yrs Cholelithiasis Cholecystectomy
16. Meena Female 39yrs Cholelithiasis Cholecystectomy
17. Guddi Female 34yrs Hydatid cyst  Liver Hydatid cyst evacuated
18. Bheem Dasi Male 41yrs Cholelithiasis Cholecystectomy
19. Saili Female 45yrs Cholelithiasis Cholecystectomy
20. Gauri Female 8yrs RVF Closure Colostomy
21. Doli Female 29yrs Cholelithiasis Cholecystectomy
22. lamu Female 48yrs Cholelithiasis Cholecystectomy
23. Kamini Female 40yrs Chronic Tonsilitis Tonsilectomy
24. Sunita Adhikar Female 36yrs Elderly Primi infertility LSCS
25. Tikaram Male 80yrs Left Inguinal Hernia Hernia repair with Mesh
26. Neha Female 10yrs Fibroadema right breast Excision
27. Tej Singh Male 41yrs Right hydrocele Excision
28. Krishna Raj Male 43yrs Bladder Tumor Cystoscopy Excision
29. Monisha Female 16yrs Fibroadema right breast Excision
30. Shiv Male 11yrs Perineal Fistula Excision
31. Naman Male 84yrs Duplex meatus Urethroplasty
32. Hukum Singh Male 40yrs Phimosis Circumcision

Success Story

Sahayak Surgical Centre occasionally conducts health clinics in villages. Last year, on one of those trips, we went to a small village called Shird, roughly 40km from Manali. We were doing school healthcare, screening the children for any sickness, especially for tuberculosis and malnutrition. This was done with the help of the teachers and other volunteers.

We saw all the children in the school – around 75 of them – but 1 girl was missing. We found her sitting outside the classroom, too afraid to look at us or to come to us. Her name was Gouri, a 9-year-old girl, born to poor parents, Pawan and Sunita. Pawan is a road worker and makes about 350 rupees a day. Sunita is a housewife. This child was born with an abnormality: she did not have a normal anal opening. Instead, there was a small hole that was opening into her vagina. She was constantly soiled as she had no control over her anal muscles. Furthermore, because the opening was very small, she was chronically constipated.

Gouri’s parents had taken her to many places earlier for surgical help, and everywhere they went they were turned away because of their financial condition. When she reached five years old, she was sent to school. However, all her classmates hated her, saying that she was very smelly. She felt very sad that everybody ostracised her. Her clothes were constantly soiled with fecal matter, so even teachers sent her outside the classroom. She lived a life of misery and was very afraid to interact with anyone. She did not want to go to school but her parents had no other option except to continue sending her to school every day. She spent all her time outside the classroom and playing alone in the sand.

During the visit to Shird, we decided to contact the family and talk to the parents about the possibility of operating on her without any financial demand. She was brought to our centre for multiple surgeries. Initially, we had to make a colostomy. In the second surgery, we had to reposition and create a new anal opening and once that was healed, we closed her colostomy in a third surgery. All surgeries were given for free, and now she is a happy child, no longer shy and smelly. Her parents are very grateful to Okti foundation, IMS & ONGC for making it possible for her to have free surgery and good care.

Gouri is now back in her school and is slowly blossoming into a different person. We as a team appreciate all the help that we have received from the various organisations to make such help to needy people possible. We hope to continue this kind of help for the underprivileged and economically weaker sections of our society, and give hope to many people who suffer unnecessarily.

- Dr Geaorge Verghese
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