Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India

by Bangalore Hospice Trust - Karunashraya
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Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Diversional Therapy for patients
Diversional Therapy for patients

With your help, In the last three months we were able to extend Palliative Care to 267 cancer patients .  The trauma they went through since the diagnosis of the disease and treatment thereafter and then once again when they were told that the cancer was in the fourth stage - there were no counsellors to help them to deal with all this.. After coming to Karunashraya what awaited them was a clean bed and their choice of food, counsellors who   would listen to them and doctors and  nurses who took care of their physical pain.  All of this without any financial worry.

Ramappa (name changed) was one such patient.  He was around 70 years of age and made to lie on a cot outside his one room house as he had a bad wound that had not been dressed for weeks and it smelled badly. On arriving      at Karunashraya he was given a warm bath and clean clothes and the wound was dressed.  It gave him so much comfort that he refused to eat food and just wanted to lie down.  He asked for a cup of milk and told the staff he was so very thankful for the way he was looked after. He told those  around him that he was lucky to have this clean bed at least in his last days even though he could not afford it in his lifetime.  He just wanted to sleep comfortably for sometime.  Ramappa never woke up but died in sleep -  peacefully and with dignity. If only he had come to us a few days earlier - that was the thought in the minds of the ward staff.

Our bed occupancy is going up steadily and very often the patient strength is nearing 50.  We have only 50 beds and hence it has been decided to build two more wards to give us an additional 24 beds.  The drawings are getting ready and we will keep you all informed on the progress made in this direction.

Our heartfelt thanks for your help  which has enabled us to run this organisation bringing soccour to so many patients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sr Vimal Doing a Dressing
Sr Vimal Doing a Dressing
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Patient with sister
Patient with sister

In the last three months we have admitted 251 patients to our inpatient facility.  Through our Home Care Services we have extended care to another 37 new patients.  All these are just figures, but when one talks to some of the patients or the attenders of some patients, one gets to know the extent of relief they have got after admitting the patient here.

Ranganna was a 55 year old victim of lung cancer.  He was brought in to Karunashraya in a coma stage lying on the stretcher in a foetal position.  He was given good care and medication and the counsellor would say a few words to him though he would not respond.  After about 15 days he opened his eyes and after another fortnight started to talk a little.  The physiotherapist started attending on him and his condition began to improve day by day.  His question to her everytime was whether he would ever walk again.  With the care meted out to him,  along with physiotherapy and  medication, his improvement was fast and he was walking with a walker.  In another 10 days he walked without help.  He wanted to go back to his house to be with his family and he was discharged from Karunashraya.  He went out of here walking on his own feet and he was thankful for this achievement.  He knew he was free to come back here anytime he felt the need for our services.   Ranganna did get readmitted three weeks later and he passed away here  peacefully and with dignity.

Like Ranganna, many others have benefited from coming to Karunashraya having not only their physical pain attended to but also their spiritual, psychological and emotional needs. Ours is a holistic approach towards patients needs.

We have till date, raised a sum of US$11,922 through the GlobalGiving platform.  Our target is US$20,000 to provide care for one whole year. Our progress has been slow yet steady and we thank each and everyone of you who has made this journey possible.

Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Counsellor with patient
Counsellor with patient
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A patient with her thoughts
A patient with her thoughts

Dear Friends of Karunashrya,

 In the last three months we have taken care of 251 patients at Karunashraya excluding those who were given care at their own homes under our Home Care Services.  All of this has been possible only with the continuous flow of donations from donors like yourselves.  Some of our patients were so poor that they did not have any money for dressing their open wounds. Once they get admitted here  dressings are done twice daily and they get a lot of relief from pain and discomfort. Their pain is under control    within a couple of days of admission and such things are possible with the money received for medicines,

One such patient is 60 year old Mary (name changed for anonymity).  She hailed from a small village outside Bangalore.  She was married off when she was only 12 years old and within two months her husband expired. The marriage was one in name only.  Amongst people of her caste remarriage was unheard of and she had to spend her life as a widow. It was a cursed life as, young as she was, widows could not attend any religious functions, marriages etc. After her parents died she lived with her brother who did not have enough money to get her treated once she was diagnosed with cancer. There is no awareness about  cancer in rural areas and people believe it is contagious and hence keep away from the cancer patient.    She just suffered the pain and stayed at home till someone told her about Karunashraya and then she was admitted here.  She is happy here as everyone talks to her and takes care of her, treating her like a normal person. Though she had attempted suicide twice before, now she is happy to live and only wants one thing  -  a peaceful death.

We thank our many donors for helping not just Mary but many others like her who have had access to FREE pain relief, food and counselling and have been able to spend their last days in peace  without any financial worry.

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A patient's relative speaking

Dear Friends of Karunashraya,

Our sincere thanks for holding our hand and helping us along. Our collections till now is USD7900/-  We have a long way to go towards our target of USD20,000/- but we are sure that together we will be able to make it to the finish line.

In  the quarter ending June 30th, 2012, the number of admissions were 236 apart from the patients  taken care of by the Home Care Services.

On the 1st of May we celebrated Memorial Day.Our first patient was admitted on May 1st 1999. On Memorial Day, we organize a small function to which we invite relatives of past patients. The patients presently at our facility are brought in wheelchairs to the reception area.  Two patients, two patient relatives or attenders and two relatives of earlier patients are requested to speak for a couple of minutes each.  This is always a very moving experience.  After this some entertainment is organized which the patients also enjoy.  High tea was  served on the occasion.  The patients,  their care takers and everyone present has a relaxed evening.

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A view of the Memorial Day attendees
A view of the Memorial Day attendees
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Dear Friends of Karunashraya,

Thanks for your continued support to this project. During the quarter ended 31 March 2012 your donations allowed us to meet expenses towards medicines for our patients for the quarter.

We are also very delighted to inform you that earlier this month Karunashraya was awarded The Namma Bengaluru Award 2011 under Group/Organization category. The Namma Bengaluru Awards are an initiative of the Namma Bengaluru Foundation which was instituted to recognize and reward people and organizations for their extraordinary contributions to the city of Bengaluru.

We are also gearing up for the upcoming TCS World 10K Bangalore. This is a prestigious marathon which brings together people who enjoy running for a cause. Many of our volunteers will be there to participate and we look forward to seeing you there. For those who cannot participate and would like to be a part of it here is an opportunity. This event gives us the opportunity to re-energize our fund raising effort towards our "Medicines for terminally ill patients at Karunashraya" project and we invite all our volunteers, supporters, well wishers, donors and friends to reach out to your friends, family, acquaintances who would like to become part of this event and donate for this cause.

Contributions through this project will provide for medicines to our patients and allow us to reach out to larger number of needy patients. You can help in any of the following ways:

a) Please make your contributions towards this project;

b) Please talk about our story and the “Medicines to terminally ill cancer patients” project on Global Giving with your friends;

c) Please help us reach out to more patients who we can serve at Karunashraya; Thanks again for being a part of this initiative and we look forward to your continued support.

Best Wishes,

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Bangalore Hospice Trust - Karunashraya

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Bangalore Hospice Trust - Karunashraya
Hema Shyam
Project Leader:
Hema Shyam
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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