Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Thanks for all those that made it happen.

Hi  and thanks to everyone who helped make the Hannumanali trip happen.

Thanks to Marion Main ( right) , Consultant Physiotherapist at St. Ormond street children's hospital London. You were an asset to the town and people of Anagundi and Hannumanali in India for your productive and engaging style. Thanks Marion, on so many levels for the week you spent there a town of more positive things were left to observe.

Firstly , Marion’s ability to recognize what was realistic in her perception of physical and mental disability in children and adults. This was true for me from what i observed on physio and therapist level . Marion's ability to critique strategy and match it to limited resources a village or town may have access to was something I have never seen work so effectively.. so humanly, but with the certainty of expertise.

Secondly, Marion s ability to offer advice and ideas in the face of deprivation and desperation. One could see people s growing respect for her practicality and pragmatism.

Thirdly, what Marion did for the positive reputation of the medical fraternity in and around the village .
The general consensus was … 'there is a lady staying in Hannumanali village ,,, she offer s advice and helps and she doesn’t give out prescriptions for medication!'

Whilst this is the role of a physio,,  NOT to prescribe. I have for a long time been in awe of physiotherapist and occupational therapist ability to navigate people’s most extreme problems with  specialist knowledge, skills and wit .. sans medication.

Thanks Marion for making this happen… we will ever be grateful for what you were able to provide in and around Hannumanali village... and we mean that. 


Unfortunately, we were too late for the older boy we had gone over there to see called Hannumanesh . God rest his soul, he had passed away a month or two before. 

But auspiciously, ( thanks Hannumanesh if you organized this from up there) we did get invited to a medical camp close by .. and Marion certainly seemed to have her share of patients in need of expertise.

Also, Hannumanesh had a younger brother Sammy who lives on...  Thanks to Marion’s advice ,,, and Colin's hard-nosed drive Sammy will be getting a much more comfortable  sleep now Marion provided pillows and bed time positioning advice to his mother. Also, we managed (and this even gave Colin and me an ego boost I’m sure for mechanical skills).. To get the electric wheelchair up and running!! Yeah, go the mechanics. Calcutta works.



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