Dr Mathew Varghese, an orthopedic surgeon, runs India‘s only polio ward, at St Stephen’s hospital in Delhi. The ward offers reconstructive surgery, which not only gives patients greater mobility, but also gives them more chance of getting married or finding a job.
Varghese sees approximately 150 polio patients a year. The ward is filled with 20-year-olds who contracted polio in their infancy, but were unaware surgery or other assistance was available. “I dream to see it empty,” says Varghese.
That dream may not come true for a while, however. Lack of funding and education remain barriers.
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