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January, 2017

Tendon Transfer Surgery, Puts Commander From Yemen Back on His Feet

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Mr. Mohammed Saeed Ahmed from Yemen is a 42-year-old man who is the principal of the local high school.  He was a history teacher prior to his appointment as the headmaster.  He became the commander of the people in Yemen when the Civil War broke out in Yemen in 2015. The Yemeni Civil War is an ongoing conflict that began in 2015 between two factions claiming to constitute the Yemen government, along with their supporters and allies. Mr. Ahmed helped the people of his town defend their land acquisitions and it was during the process that he was shot in the spine.  He was bound to a wheel chair and was unable to undergo treatment because of the ongoing war in the country. 

He came to India in the hopes for treatment in 2016 and visited two top hospitals in India, both of whom were speculative in treating his condition effectively.  He came to Sakra World Hospital in the month of September 2016 and post consultation with Surgeons team at Sakra World Hospital lead by Dr. Maheswarappa B.M. Head of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine along with Dr Derick Mendonca, Head of Plastic Surgery, he was reassured of the treatment.  Post his surgery on the 9th of September, Mr. Ahmed underwent extensive physiotherapy sessions which has now enabled him to walk on his own once again. 

Mr. Ahmed is extremely grateful to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Sakra Hospital for the constant support and care during his treatment.  He speaks highly of the international patients’ cell of the hospital, for helping him with translators which made caregiving simpler. 

“I was told by many that my condition was permanent and that I shall never again be able to stand on my own feet.  But in this age and time, I knew that there would be a cure for my condition. Dr. Maheswarappa and Dr. Derick at Sarka World Hospital showed me the ray of hope and it is with the help of the team at Sakra and God Almighty that I am once again back on my feet.  I cannot express my gratitude to them in words.” said, Mr. Mohammed Saeed Ahmed

I conducted the operation three months ago, during which we rearranged the tendons in his foot. The surgery is suggested to patients suffering from nerve damage,” said Dr. Mendonca, senior consultant, plastic surgery, Sakra World Hospital.

Post-surgery, Mohammed was tended to by the physical medicine department. Dr Maheshwarappa BM, senior consultant and head of physical medicine rehabilitation and sports medicine, said: “He has been undergoing physiotherapy for three months.” He will return home soon.

As published in The Times Of India on 20th Jan 2017




Dr Maheswarappa B.M.

Senior Consultant & HOD Sakra Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences

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