My name is Balachandra and I was born to Boya Sunkanna and Anjinamma. At the age of eight, I accidentally fell under an ox and injured my knee. My parents presumed it to be a minor injury and neglected immediate medical action, however, the injury became severe after 4 days. While I was taken to a doctor for treatment, I could only crawl because of my injury and my parents had to carry me to school. Eventually, they were able to get better medical attention for me, but due to lack of knee movement and nerve damage, I could not walk normally and needed to support my knee by keeping my hand over it. Despite surgeries, there was no progressive movement in my leg.
At the insistence of the PWD Sangham members, my parents enrolled me at the Pre-Assessment Camp conducted by RDT in the year 2010. The Spanish doctors in the team examined me well and advised advanced surgery for my knee. However, my parents hesitated to take action since they felt they could not afford such a treatment. The Sangham played a vital role in persuading them that the surgery would be a free-of-cost and were asked to give their permission for the treatment. Eventually, my surgery was successfully performed at the RDT hospital at Bathalapalli, and soon, due to medicines and physiotherapy, I was able to walk without any support.
“I never thought I would be able to attend school or even walk properly. Today, I am leading a normal life – all thanks to RDT and the doctors.”
Patlur Village, Vidapanakallu Mandal