Jun 10, 2019

Dignity restored!

A cheerful and happy Ramaiah
A cheerful and happy Ramaiah

Dear donors,

Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society!

What a joy it is to share Ramaiah’s story!

Join us as we celebrate the way his life has been touched, transformed and his dignity restored. You made this possible! Thank you for partnering with us in our mission of touching lives of people with disabilities.

Ramaiah will never forget the day his life changed forever. He was walking down his village road when something hit him from the back. When he woke up in hospital, he realized that something was seriously wrong, as he couldn’t move his legs. He still doesn’t recollect what hit him!

“When I woke up, I was unable to feel below my waist and the skin on my back had been completely peeled off. I was in bed for a very long time. I was totally dependent on my wife and daughter for everything and this had an impact on them as well,” narrated Ramaiah.

We met Ramaiah when he had come with his wife to one of our disability camps. We registered him with our District Disability Rehabilitation Centre. He received his national disability identity card entitling him to a monthly disability pension.

When our team visited him at home, his wife narrated the difficulty Ramaiah faced with respect to toileting, as they did not have a toilet in their house. “It’s so difficult for him to go out and squat; more humiliating, as he has to be assisted either by me or our daughter. He’s cut down on his eating to avoid going out,” she cried in despair.

With his neighbors and family helping with labor, we built him a toilet free of cost. “I’m so glad now; it’s so convenient and my dignity has been restored,” says an emotional Ramaiah. “You have saved the dignity of my daughter as well."

“With the help of a walker, now I take a short walk in my street and enjoy chatting with my neighbors and friends. I have begun to visit the temple in my neighborhood and I feel my life has been restored.”

His family has felt the impact of his transformation too. His wife and daughter who work as agricultural laborers can now spend more time at work, while Ramaiah takes care not only of himself, but even helps with small errands in the house.

His plans for the future? “I want to start my own business to improve our financial status and want to get my daughter married."

It's such a joy to see the transformation in Ramaiah’s life.  We thank you for making a difference in his life. It is your generosity and belief in our mission that enables us to perform this work, and we are deeply grateful for your partnership.

We request you to share this story with your family and friends so that they too could experience the joy of reaching out to those in need.

 With gratitude

Gift Norman

It's love and understanding that binds them
It's love and understanding that binds them
Walking with hope
Walking with hope
May 29, 2019

Echoes of his drums!

Shualab, back to his making of drums
Shualab, back to his making of drums

Dear donors

Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society!

It’s always a joy to share life changing stories with our friends who have kindly supported our work. Here’s a story of Shualab whose life was saved at the nick of time, because you helped to take our mobile medical team to the slum settlement, where he lives.   

The drums are back!

For a few days, the migrant community living in the Rachanahalli slum hadn’t heard the sound of Shualab’s drums. Each night, Shualab would carefully check the sounds of the drums he had made, before he packed them for sale the next morning.  He had been feeling sick for the past ten days, suffering from stomach pain. 

While Shualab and his brother came to Bangalore for a living, his family stayed back in his village in the Northern part of the country. All they knew was to make these drums called “Dollaks” and sell them on the streets of the city. They earned anything between zero to Rs. 900 per day, if the sale was good on that day.

Shualab was the first patient to be seen by our doctor, as soon as the mobile van reached his slum. “He looked sick with pain written all over his face and was clutching his stomach. He groaned when I felt his distended stomach. I knew straightaway that, here was a man who had to be rushed immediately to hospital” said the doctor.  He was diagnosed with appendicitis and was immediately operated to remove his infected appendix.  “I have never experienced such acute pain,” said Shualab, when Suresh, our Program Manager met him at the hospital later. “I thought I would lose my brother. What would I tell my mother if something happened to him?” said his elder brother.

When discharge day came, Shualab and his brother were concerned about the bill. We were able to help him; the doctors at the hospital wrote off 75% of his bill. Because of you, Shualab was able to receive timely help that potentially saved his life, through the mobile medical program you so generously support.

Back home, Shualab is recuperating and looking forward to getting back to his business and now one can hear his drums again!

We are grateful to each of you for walking with us on this journey to reach out to those who are in need. After all life is worthless, if we ignore people in need. We’d be delighted if you shared this story with your family and friends, so that they could also join us on this journey.

With gratitude,

Gift Norman

Apr 22, 2019

Replacing sadness with smiles!

The joyful Gangamma
The joyful Gangamma

Dear donors

 Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society!

 It is indeed my pleasure to touch base and report on the happenings over the past three months in our project “taking healthcare to the door step” of the most marginalized and vulnerable groups and people living in the rural parts of Bangalore. This is possible only because of you and your gracious support; you have helped bring a smile in exchange of sadness, joy to replace sorrow and hope to end despair! Many lives have been touched and transformed because of your generosity and kindness. Thank you!

 For the poor and marginalized, life is exceedingly tenuous. The lack of food, clean water, sanitation, poor access to quality healthcare causes so much pain, turmoil, despair and hopelessness! Lifting them out of this pit is our mission and I’m glad you are a partner in this noteworthy mission. God bless you and yours!

Shiva's story reveals the consequences being uninformed, neglecting symptoms and not getting timely help! Shiva didn’t know that if you ignore high blood pressure, it can leave you dead due to a heart attack or disabled due to a stroke and consequently lead a poor quality of life. “Whenever I had profound sweating or giddiness, I brushed it aside and blamed it on the summer heat, said Shiva.” But when Nandish, our healthcare worker heard this, he was alarmed. He realized that Shiva’s symptoms were not due to the summer heat and cannot be ignored.  Nandish advised him to attend our mobile clinic that was visiting Shiva’s village the following day. 

 Dr. Priya managing the rural mobile clinic that day took note of his symptoms and found his blood pressure to be very high. She gave him some immediate treatment and advised him to change his lifestyle and take medications regularly. A series of tests at our rural hospital revealed his cholesterol levels were high. This was also treated.

Shiva changed the way he lived based on advice he got at the mobile clinic. He got used to the change in his food habits, that his wife insisted he followed. He began to enjoy his morning walks. He never missed his daily medication. He even advised his wife, who has a thyroid problem to strictly follow medications and attend the mobile clinic regularly. “He is a completely changed person now,” she chuckles. During his morning walks, he greets his friends cheerfully, bragging about how a visit to our mobile clinic changed his life and renewed his health. His friends began to notice Shiva’s liveliness and wondered what the magic was?

 This is what you have helped us do…..touch lives with love, care, compassion and save lives!  You are the reason why we can take medical care close to homes of people, where none exists; it could be as simple as checking their blood pressure or sugar level, deliver much-needed medication and medical supplies at very affordable costs, and thus saves lives!

 Through your support, we were also able to reach out to 68-year old Gangamma. Gangamma is a widow and survives on her meagre old age pension and intermittent agricultural work in the nearby field. One day,  Madhu, our healthcare worker was on his routine rounds and home visits. When he entered Gangamma’s house, he saw that she was clearly in distress. She was pointing to her lower stomach area and complained of pain. Madhu advised her to come to the mobile clinic that was coming to her village.  Dr. Shilpa at the mobile clinic, examined her and suspected that Gangamma had an infection in her uterus and started her on treatment. Gangamma’s infection was controlled and she was relieved of pain. Though she feels sorrowful about her loneliness (her children do not visit her), she's comforted by the regular visits of Madhu, and says, "the only visitor I get is Madhu."

 Like Gangamma there are many other women in poor health needing your support; not only to overcome their physical ailments, but also to overcome their loneliness and isolation.

 

Thanks to your love and support, we reached 6125 people who needed healthcare through our mobile clinics

  •  Treated  2713 patients through our mobile clinics, ensuring the poor enjoyed quality and affordable care
  • Performed 1073 GRBS in our mobile clinics – helping the community to adapt a healthy life.
  • Completed 40 cataract surgeries – enabling the elders to have a better vision – many of them live alone.
  • Treated  2298 diabetic patients, helping them to keep their sugar levels under control and protecting them from further complications

 We love what we do; but we cannot do it alone - and we need your support. We hope you'd continue to help us make a difference in the lives of the poor.

 With gratitude,

 Gift Norman

 “Our lives are worthless if we ignore human need”

Shivakumar (left) with Nandish, healthcare worker
Shivakumar (left) with Nandish, healthcare worker
Setting up a mobile clinic in a village
Setting up a mobile clinic in a village
GRBS procedure at a mobile clinic
GRBS procedure at a mobile clinic
Comfortable conversations - patient and doctor
Comfortable conversations - patient and doctor
Medicine ready to be given to patients
Medicine ready to be given to patients
 
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