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Ludhiana Christian Medical College Board, USA, Inc., PO Box 1327, Columbia, MO 65205 Email: December 2012

The Gift of Life Donation From US By Max Marble

Sally and I met six year old Pushkar Narayan in Dr. Harinder Bedi’s office in September. He had a congenital heart defect which here in North America would have been repaired soon after birth. Dr. Bedi, Head of the CTVS Department, explained that there was a hole in his heart which kept mixing his good blood with his bad blood resulting in poor health and low energy. Because of Ludhiana CMC’s new Gift of Life program which Dr. Bedi initiated with the help of Dr. Abraham Thomas and the whole department, Master Pushkar would be the second child to have open heart surgery to close the hole in his heart. In fact, the surgery was to be that next week. What a joy it was to receive an email from Dr. Bedi along with the post operative picture of a very happy Pushkar and his par- ents.

The Ludhiana CMC US Board sent

$20,000 at the beginning of 2012 to kick off the Gift of Life program. Each child’s open heart surgery costs only $5,000. This is because the surgeons do not charge for their skill and time and because the hospital offers some subsidy. However, each family is requested to pay Rs. 50,000 (about $900), and Dr. Bedi has discovered that it is simply too much for some families.

Ludhiana CMC hopes this program will continue with funds from overseas.

Post Operative Picture VOLUME 1, EDITION 2

You can help put smiles on children’s and parents’ faces by contributing to the Gift of Life program. Send your tax de- ductible contributions to: Ludhiana CMC Board US, PO Box 1327, Columbia, MO 65205. Perhaps your congregation, civic organization or other group would like to raise $5,000 to give the gift of life to one of these children.

OTHER RECENT DONATIONS Dr. Bedi, Master Pushkar, Parents and Max and Sally Marble

We are grateful for those of you who recently donated funds for the purchase of an LCD projector, computer and digital microscope for the weekly Tumor Board Meetings. This equipment is up and running now. Every Thursday afternoon members of the Surgery Department, Radiation Therapy Department and Medical Oncology Department meet together to re- view each patient’s cancer treat- ment. They can now review the

tumor slides together as they are projected on the conference room screen.

We are grateful to Dr. Cherry Mathew, one of our CMC alums, who donated $10,000 towards the purchase of a new EMG ma- chine for the Neurology Depart- ment. Friends of Ludhiana in the UK had already raised $22,000 for the equipment, which cost $32,000. The added $10,000 from the US made it possible to purchase the much needed equip- ment which is now up and run- ning and helping patients.

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