Big B to inaugurate orthopaedic surgery camp in Mumbai

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Mumbai, Nov 12 (UNI) Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan will inaugurate a free children's orthopaedic corrective surgery camp at Leelavati Hospital in suburban Bandra on November 16.

The camp has been organised by the Child Foundation, a brain child of city-based orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ashok Johari.

Initiated in 2001, the camp has seen huge involvement of the medical fraternity from different parts of the country.

The inauguration will be followed by the registration of deserving patients on November 17 and 18. In the camp, over 45 doctors and surgeons from across the country will participate. It is expected that 500-600 patients will be screened and more than 200 surgeries will be undertaken on November 24 and 25 as part of the 8th Free Children's Orthopaedic Corrective Surgery camp, Dr Johari told reporters here today.

He said the camp is meant for underprivileged and less fortunate children suffering from birth defects, spastic problems, unequal size of limbs, polio, paralysis and finger defects.

Dr Johari said ''It is a small but sincere effort in a large country like India, where there are so many underprivileged children, who suffer from such deformities but have no access to the treatment and proper medical care. Today, with the availability of modern technologies, the children can get a better quality of life through suitable treatment options. Need of the hour is to create awareness on these issues with a little bit of help and support from the medical fraternity, charitable institutions, individuals, corporates and philanthropic minds considering themselves as a true part of mankind. One small step taken in the right direction can certainly help make the society a better place to live.'' UNI

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