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Coimbatore

When artificial limbs changed the lives of hundreds, thanks to a Rotary initiative

Sunandha Vijayakumar

Twenty two year old Varun (name changed) struggled all his life to write his assignments ever since he was at school. But surprisingly he vowed to learn driving yesterday. Varun’s jubliant parents told The Covai Post that they became emotional when he waved them goodbye with both hands, while leaving to college.

Ayyathurai (name changed), 70 another beneficiary’s joy knew no bounds when was able to feed his grand-child today. He lifted the cup and drank his filter coffee peacefully and comfortably on his easy chair.

Varun was born with a stumped arm (from his elbows). Ayyathurai lost one fourth of his arm in an farm-accident last year. They were both fitted with prosthetic arms along with 684 other differently abled beneficiaries, without any expenses at the ‘Free Prosthetic Arms’ camp organized by Rotary Club of Mettupalayam.

Mr L.S.Sidduram, one of the project co-ordinators of this event told The Covai Post that they received 750 applications after they circulated a video detailing about the initiative. He informed us that the camp was held at Metro School, Mettupalayam. He added that the prosthetic arms were arranged by Pune Rotary Club at a cost of Rs 1.75 crores donated by corporates, NGOs, volunteers and good-hearted individuals all over the world. All the prosthetic hands attached can be manually operated with a functionality of 40 per cent.

Sidduram also stated that, an elaborate counseling by experts, on how to use the attached limb, for writing, driving, eating or going about with the day -to-day activities was provided. He said that the beneficiaries aged between 5 years and 75 years and their families were seen leaving the place with wide smiles. He added that the entire Rotary team was humbled by the response they were receiving from the beneficiaries and their families. He enthusiastically stated that the Rotary Club would strive to arrange more such camps all over Tamil Nadu.

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