Project #12954

Care for terminally ill cancer patients

by Bangalore Hospice Trust - Karunashraya
Feb 5, 2014

Good Ambience & Serene Atmosphere for the Dying

A sparkling Diwali
A sparkling Diwali

Dear Friends,

This project was for US$20,000 and just today we have achieved that magic figure. Our most sincere thanks go out to all you donors for your Helping Hand.  Our thanks also to the Global Giving Foundation forf the platform that made this possible. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks.

In the previous three months we have admitted 322 end stage cancer patients and we have been able to relieve them of pain and give them a few peaceful last days after the trauma they have been through since the diagnosis of the disease. Our facility  on a 5 acre plot with 50 beds has a very good ambience.  There are 4 wards and 5 private rooms all very well ventilated that house these 50 beds. Over 70% of our patients come from very low economic backgrounds and for them, spending their last few days in ambient surroundings with a clean bed and timely food and medicine would have been something beyond their reach but made possible by us.  We have counsellors who speak with them and take care of their psycological and spiritual problems and physiotherapists to take care of other physical problems.  Shobha's is one such case.

Shobha was admitted to Karunashraya with breast cancer.  She came from a middle class family and her husband had retired from a bank. They had one son  who was unmarried  and working with a private firm.

When Shobha came to Karunashraya she was completely bedridden due to total muscle weakness. On admission palliative care was started giving her o lot of relief from pain. Her mental state was really pathetic.  She was in a state of depression due to her immobility. She was totally incommunicative.  All that she wanted was to be on her feet and be able to move on her own. She thought that this was impossible and that she would have to spend the remaining days immobile and in bed.  She dreaded the days ahead.  Our counselors would talk to her telling her to be positive  and to think that it was possible to walk again. It was then that the physiotherapist came in  and with the exercises she was put through, she was able to sit up with help.  From here she slowly progressed to wheelchair ambulation, to walking with the support of a walker and then without the walker.

Shobha was at Karunashraya for 2 months and all of her distress causing  symptoms were brought under control.  She was then discharged and taken home.  When leaving from here she walked out on her own two feet  without help but with confidence and a sense of satisfaction.  She was readmitted after a month and died peacefully at Karunashraya.


The festival of lights - Diwali was celebrated at Karunashraya on the 2nd of November.  The 'ivolunteer' group came in and lit lamps in all the buildings, provided a lot of entertainment and distributed sweets to everyone.  All the patients were happy to take part in the festivities.  Such events are encouraged by us as a part of 'Diversional Therapy'.  For a few hours the patients are concentrating on the activities going on around them and even partaking in them.


World Hospice Day is celebrated the world over on the second saturday of October.  It is the main event of the year for creating awareness and also for fund raising.  This time around we had hosted four one act rib tickling comedies and also released a souvenir at the event which brought in some funds.

Patients watching Diwali entertainment
Patients watching Diwali entertainment
Ambient surroundings
Ambient surroundings
A scene from the Play
A scene from the Play

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Organization Information

Bangalore Hospice Trust - Karunashraya

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
Project Leader:
Hema Shyam
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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