Vedanta CSR beneficiaries reach 2.5 million covering 550 villages


Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group company, came for instant help of Chotu Lal Gurjar, a 15 year boy from Rajasthan, who was suffering from Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis with curvature of 85 degrees. As a result, his body was completely bent on one side and had developed a large hump with severe difficulty in breathing. Chotu Lal was advised surgery, with total cost ranging Rs. 450,000. The cost was much higher for this poor child, who is a son of a farmer in Bhilwara, Rajasthan. Further there was also a fear of paralysis.

Scoliosis (means abnormal curvature of spine leading to hump on the back) is a common problem in children especially of the lower socio-economic group. Scoliosis correction surgery is a complex operation done in very few centers in India like Delhi and Mumbai because it requires highly trained surgical team and tertiary level infrastructure. It is an expensive surgery requiring costly implants, intensive care and world class operating rooms. GBH American Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan and Save a Child Charitable trust (SACT) performs these complicated surgeries in Rajasthan.

Chotu Lal approached Hindustan Zinc, through District Collector Bhilwara, and the company immediately agreed to bear total expenses of the surgery and donated Rs.250,000 rupees to Save A Child Trust (SACT). The balance expenditure of Rs. 200,000 was borne by GBH American Hospital and SACT.

Chotu was operated for 14-15 hours on 31st August 2010 by Dr Chirayu, Dr Sood and team at American Hospital, Udaipur. The surgery was conducted successfully. 20 screws and a rod has been implanted on Chotu's back and now his bend is only 25 degree, which is like any normal human being. Now Chotu can stand straight and has no breathing problem. After 2 weeks, he walks back home with a straight spine and lovely smile.

Hindustan Zinc has given Chotu a new lease of life.