Hyderabad: Orthopaedic surgeons at State-run Gandhi Hospital have collaborated with city-based voluntary organisation Helping Hand Foundation (HHF) to remove infected metal implants from the right knee of a 27-year-old national from South Sudan, Mogga Alex Marle.
Alex, who is pursuing engineering at Guru Nanak College of Engineering after moving to Hyderabad in 2014, was struggling to when the metal implants in his right knee got infected.
According to a press release from HHF, before coming to India, Alex was injured in an accident in Sudan and underwent a complicated surgery in which doctors had to use metallic implants for the corrective surgery. “After moving to India, the metal implants got infected, making life miserable for Alex. Someone, referred him to us and we immediately took him to Gandhi Hospital,” Founder, HHF, Mujtaba Hasan Askari said.
The Orthopaedic unit at Gandhi Hospital acted promptly and conducted the implant removal surgery as a day care procedure with local anaesthesia. The surgeons removed the infected implants last month and sent him back home the same day. “We are happy to have helped Alex because he couldn’t have afforded getting treated at a private hospital. Our volunteers at Gandhi Hospital help desk played a vital role in helping Alex, who is pain free now,” Askari said.
In a statement, the South Sudan national said that he is struggling to make ends meet. “I couldn’t get money to remove the metal from my leg, so I stayed with the metal implants for four years. I thank the Foundation and Gandhi Hospital for removing the infected implant free of charge. I am a relieved person now,” he said.