Monday, December 8, 2008

Sharan- A Centre for Recuperation

The society for the Rehabilitation of Paraplegics established in 1968, endeavors to rehabilitates a person, who, due to injury or disease of the spinal cord, is paralyzed from the waist downwards. Its beneficiaries, many of whom are young adults, come from the low socio-economic strata and when faced with such a tragedy they have neither the economic resources nor the support system to live a meaningful life. In the initial stage under the guidance of its founder president late Dr. K.S. Masalwala, the Orthopedic department of J.J. Hospitals.

As there was a crying need for a rehabilitation centre for the poor paralyzed patients from the government and municipal hospitals, Sharan, Smt Kamla Raheja Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1987 at Vashi, Navi Mumbai.

The paraplegics stay at the Centre on an average for 18 months. During this time they are given medical care, nutritious diet, clean living conditions, mobility aids and appliances, intensive physiotherapy, psychological counseling, sports training, occupational therapy and vocational training courses, totally free of cost.

This unique and complete approach towards rehabilitation has enabled over 753(since 1968) paraplegics to date to emerge from Sharan as strong, independent, self-sufficient members of our society. Even today it is the only Centre in India for civilian patients who have tragically become paraplegics. The design of the centre is noted for the barrier free environment which is of International standards.

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