Working in a field one day, Mr. S. got bitten by a snake.
His family sent for the village medicine man to treat the bite.
The traditional medicine practitioners often work with herbs (ayurveda) and spells, and are very much trusted by the villagers of Chhattisgarh. They play a vital role in preserving the cultural identity and heritage of their people. But in cases of urgent conditions like with Mr. S., often their power is only limited.
In this case, the bite had been treated traditionally for 10-15 days and had been getting continuously worse. Mr. S.' family then got in touch with our outreach team. This team of two to three volunteer doctors and helpers tour the jungle almost every day visiting people's home and aiming to build connection and trust with the villagers to help with their medical needs.
The team realised immediately that Mr. S. was in need of urgent treatment. They transported him to th Sri Radha Vinod Ashram Clinic, the small clinic that The Tulsi Trust runs on their grounds in the jungle.
After some emergency treatment and checks, Mr. S. was transferred by our ambulance to the hospital in Raipur, 6 hours drive away.
After ten days of treatment on the tissue of the leg which had started decomposing, Mr. S. was able to return home.
The Tulsi Trust team visited him daily at home for about a month to help change his dressing and check his condition.
Luckily, this is a story with a happy ending, as Mr. S. has had his health restored completely.
Timely intervention and the fact that he had the chance to be transported to the hospital (which his family could not have afforded) saved Mr. S' leg and maybe even his life. Since he is supporting his family through his work, losing his leg would not only have meant a great tragedy for him personally, but would also have impacted his whole family.
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