A domestic worker
Suffering from low back pain developed a shooting pain in her right leg. She visited various clinics and hospitals and was diagnosed with a L4-5 spondylolisthesis (degenerative instability of the lumbar vertebra) with a resultant compression on the nerve roots emerging from the spine destined to the leg. Many rounds of physiotherapy and medications later her pain had only become worse and she was unable to walk even a few steps.
In spite of multiple visits to various hospitals she was not able to get a date for surgery or was unable to afford the cost.
Through the Giving Back programme she underwent a navigation guided L4-5 transforaminal lumbar inter body fusion. The surgery normally costs anywhere between Rs.1.5-2.5 lakhs in a private hospital. Through the programme she needed to pay only 25,000 rupees for implant and consumable costs.
Post operatively she did exceedingly well and was discharged in 3 days. Five years on she is free of pain and has gone back to work.More importantly her post op rehab has supported her to get back to a fully functional state through which she is able to support herself and her family.