Published on: January 16, 2015

On January 15, about 60 patients, who are ordinarily bed-bound or wheelchair-bound, and their families got together at Shankhumugham beach to celebrate the State Palliative Care Day. Volunteers from Mar Baselios College and others travelled far and wide to transport wheelchair-bound patients, often far away from motorable roads, and brought them for the festivities.

Beach-Jan 15-1

Photo: Malayala Manorama

Mr Jyothi Kumar, a wheelchair-bound artist, inaugurated the day’s events in presence of several visiting dignitaries. Many patients and family members performed for the others. The volunteer group called ‘Disha’ performed cultural activities.

The patients talked, exchanged experiences, enjoyed a puppet show performed by Shri Sunil Pattimattam, as well as dances and music before spending some time at the beach. Some said it had been many years since they had the pleasure of seeing the sea.

A group of eleven students from Iowa University in the USA and their two professors were among the volunteers helping the patients and families.

The get-together acknowledged the society’s responsibilities towards people who are confined to home because of disease.

Patients' Get-together

Photo: Jo Eland

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