This past January we had another successful trip to San Salvador, El Salvador. We operated at the San Rafael Hospital. We were able to perform 49 joint replacement surgeries.
Maria and I had a follow up clinic in Ludhiana, Punjab, India on July 2012. We saw 38 patients in follow up. A few months after each surgical mission, we return to perform these check ups. They were all doing well. The patients thanked us profusely and asked us about specific members of the team. On these follow up trips we see the dramatic impact the surgeries have made on the patients and their families. The supporters of Operation Walk Maryland make this happen. Thank you to them.
– Paul Khanuja, MD
The Operation Walk Maryland Team traveled to Ludhiana in the Punjab state of India this past January. The team consisted of 49 health care providers and volunteers who took care of impoverished patients needing hip and knee replacements. The surgeries were performed by the Operation Walk team at Dayanand Medical College and hospital.
This was the most successful Operation Walk Maryland trip to date. There were 70 joint replacements performed in 59 patients. The team also made an impact by training local nurses, therapists, and orthopaedic residents. ” It was a very rewarding trip, and we accomplished all our goals,” said Paul Khanuja, medical director. “We helped people in need, and we left an impact by training our colleagues to improve the care they deliver.”
We are indebted to all of our supporters who make this happen. Special thanks to the Munjal Family and Hero Motocorp, as well as Zimmer for implants and supplies.
July 2012 Update
Please read the following about our July 2012 follow up.
Please join us at Operation Walk Maryland’s Third Annual Benefit Gala. It will be an elegant evening with fine food, entertainment, live music featuring “The Harmonic Fifth Jazz Group” (Classic & Popular Jazz), and a silent auction.
Dr. Lawrence Dorr
Our special guest will be Dr. Lawrence Dorr, founder of Operation Walk. Dr. Dorr is considered a pioneer in orthopedic surgery and has advanced the field of orthopedics in many ways. In 1995, with the help of his team, Dr. Dorr went on his first trip to Cuba and laid the foundation for Operation Walk as we know it today. His vision, compassion, and example have led to the creation of many other Operation Walk sites across the country including Operation Walk Maryland. Please join us to hear his story.
Date and Time
Saturday October 29, 2011
InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore
550 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-6099
You can purchase your ticket(s) via PayPal and provide us with your meal preference for this special evening. If you prefer mailing your payment, please do so at the following address and indicate your meal preference as Vegetarian, Chicken, or Beef for each ticket. Please note that each gala ticket is priced at $200.
Operation Walk MD
c/o Rimmi Singh, Event Coordinator
7060 River Oak Court
Clarksville, MD 21029
We thank you for your support.
“Thank you to our supporters, friends and volunteers. With your generosity we were able to change the lives of 30 people in Quito, Ecuador. The overwhelming trust and gratitude of the patients was humbling. Operation Walk Maryland provided a hope that these people never expected.
On morning rounds I saw a 37 year old woman, who had both knees replaced the day before, with tears in her eyes crying and saying ” I am walking, I am walking.” She was extremely nervous prior to her surgery and all her anxiety turned to motivation to be home with her young daughter.
The amount of suffering these patients lived with before our arrival is telling. A man in his 50’s who worked in the fields with a machete had end stage crippling arthritis. Yet everyday he worked 12 hours to provide for his family. He and his wife left with tears as they said good-bye to the team, and he left pain-free.
A special thanks to all of our talented and dedicated staff that traveled to Quito.
Please check back for more stories and photos.
The Quito, Ecuador photo gallery can be seen here.