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  • : The Handimachal Programme for disabled children, Kullu, India
  • The Handimachal Programme for disabled children, Kullu, India
  • : In the (blue) House of the Himalayas, in Kullu (Himachal Pradesh, India), discover and follow the progress of the Handimachal project for disabled children.
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March 9 2010 3 09 /03 /March /2010 19:02
His name is Bhupinder, he is 13 years old.  Five months ago he fell from the balcony of his house (unfortunately a very common accident for children in local villages). As a result from this 11 feet fall, his ear was injured and half his face paralysed.  He was taken to a private clinic in Patlikhul, near Kullu, where his ear was healed within one month.  Neither the private clinic nor the government regional hospital in Kullu could do anything about his face disymmetry and paralysis (identified as Bell's palsy) and doctors advised Bhupinder's parents to take him to IGMC (Indira Gandhi Medical College) in Shimla, 8-9 hours drive from Kullu.  There, he was thoroughly checked and was given some medicines and physiotherapy stimulation for a day, but of course his family could not stay or leave him so far from home: this one-day treatment could not be of any benefit to Bhupinder.

We met Bhupinder during one of our awareness camps and advised his parents to bring him to the Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit.  Bhupinder goes to school regularly and attends 8th Standard, and because he lives far from the Unit, a weekly treatment programme in the Unit was decided.  After three sittings with Kanica, his parents took him back to Shimla:  the doctor in charge was happy to see Bhupinder's progress and advised his parents to continue his treatment in the Handimachal Unit  (quite an acknowledgment of our work from one of the best hospitals in Himachal!). 

Bhupinder's "before" and "after" pictures

After six sittings, the muscular mobility of Bhupinder's face has been much improved and there is a big difference in his ability to close his left eye completely, to smile and to open his mouth fully, which he was not able to do before (as shown in the above pictures).  We have advised him to come for a few more sittings in order to gain back the strength of his facial muscles and the lost symmetry of his face. 

Bhupinder's parents are very satisfied, saying repeatedly that the difference has come exclusively from the treatment received in the Handimachal Unit:  indeed the best publicity for our work!

For Bhupinder and his parents, and for all children treated regularly in the Handimachal Unit, there was a "before" and organising a future is now also possible.  Just one year ago, in March 2009, we opened the doors of the blue house and went to villages to meet people with disabilities:  gradually, sometimes with difficulties and much hesitation, 67 children have been registered in the Unit, among which 30 were identified during awareness camps. 

Within a few months, a big step has been made in Kullu in the field of assessment and treatment of disabilities, thanks to the combined efforts of NAB School, NAV-Chetna association and the Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit. And much remains to be done!

Kanica, Yuv Raj, Dominique
9 March 2010

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