TIRUPATI, APRIL 8: Whether it is for 25-year old Niranjan Kumar Singh from Bihar or 35-year old Ch. Mahesh from Telengana or be it 24-year old Durga Prasad from Tamilnadu, the fate may be so cruel and brutal. But it is the TTD-run Balaji Institute of Surgery Research and Rehabilitation for the Disabled (BIRRD) which came as a boon and nurtured a glimmer of hope in all of them to undo their past to get a new lease of life.

BIRRD is more than a hospital which offers a “home”ly treatment to the poor and distraught and is often described as poor man’s paradise to undergo state of art modern treatment with all medical facilities without the spill of a single pie, and start a new life right at the holy feet of Lord Venkateswara.

Started as a 50-bedded hospital in 1984, the hospital has now expanded its wings and emerged as a 250-bedded hospital now with an occupancy ratio of over 120% providing free medication in all ortho related ailments to the patients visiting from all over the country. Apart from the southern states, most of the patients are from Bihar, Orissa, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh who throng here for free medication.

According to BIRRD Director Dr Gudaru Jagadish, the first and foremost aim of this hospital run by the temple management of Tirumala Tiruapti Devasthanams(TTDs) is to provide a sophisticated free medication in ortho related diseases to the poor not only spread across the southern states but from across the country.

“In Sanskrit there is a famous sloka which has a verse, “Panghum Langhayate Girim”-which means even the lame can trek and cross over mountains with the blessings of Almighty. So our vision and mission is to make the patient feel good and leave the premises of the hospital with a new lease of life with the blessings of Lord Venkateswara”, the Director said.

Meanwhile of many rare successful Ortho related cases, the one which caught the attention of the Executive Officer of TTD, Dr D Sambasiva Rao during his inspection to this famed hospital in Tirupati on Wednesday is that of a 24-year old young man, Mr Durga Prasad, a Software Engineer hailing from Raivellore of Tamilnadu who has been undergoing treatment in BIRRD’s since he was a three-year old infant.

In this interesting success story, Mr Durga Prasad had a limb deformation by birth. The Fibula bone in his Left leg was deformed and was admitted in BIRRD by his father Mr Sounderajan, a BSNL employee in the year 1993. Since then under the direct medical observation of Dr Jagadish and the boy underwent many clinical interventions to get a normal leg like any other individual.

Now he is a young, aspiring software engineer working at TCS in Chennai with a bright future ahead. The young man recalls his 22-years of medical sojourn in BIRRD and says he never felt aloof or abandoned as he always felt homely with the hospitality shown by the doctors and nursing staff.

This is only an instance of the successful clinical surgeries carried out by BIRRD under the supervision of Director Dr G Jagadish and his team of doctors. There are many such success stories and rare operations carried out in BIRRD on free of cost, which proved to be a boon in providing new hope of life to many patients hailing from across the country.