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Together, they have made a big difference

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Ward No 95 at the Government Hospital has undergone a transformation. Thanks to Tasneem, a transgender, and Small Difference, an NGO.

The ward that has patients suffering from ortho-related issues and disorders. All the patients have either been disowned by their families or they do not know the whereabouts of their kin.

The patients in the 10-bedded ward live as one family. Tasneem is a Florence Nightingale here. She has been working tirelessly in bringing in the transformation in this ward. She gives credit to activist and philanthropist Anjali Ajeeth and Shobhana Kumar, founder Small Differences for their support in carrying out her work.

Painted walls, draped windows, repaired cots, clean toilets, fresh linen, healthy food and lot of love is available in the ward that came into existence about one-and-a-half-years ago.

Every patient in this ward has a story to share. If not for this ward, 35-year old Gowri Rajan would have spent the rest of his life on the streets. This Chennai-based man found a job in Tirupur. About five months ago, Gowri was a victim of a hit and run accident in Tirupur. He was admitted here.

According to B. Vijaya, care taker of this ward none of his relatives visited him in spite of she making so many phone calls to them. After a month’s treatment, Gowri was back on his feet. After discharge, he stayed in a home for abandoned for a month. Later he joined Vijaya in taking care of the patients here. He has decided to spend the rest of his life in this ward.

For 73-year-old Rangachari, Vijaya and Tasneem are like mothers. Hailing from Vellore, Rangachari is also a victim of a hit and run case. Sporting a bright friendship band on his wrist tied by Aparna, founder and joint managing trustee of Arc Foundation, Rangachari enacted like Jawaharlal Nehru during the Independence Day celebrations.

Rangachari, who lost his wife, son and daughter-in-law in an accident, plans to get back home after his discharge.

Currently the ward has six male and four female patients.

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