Spine Research Foundation (SRF) organized an event, UPRIGHT 2024 at Rotary Sadan on 11th February. Spine Research Foundation (SRF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and training in spine-related disorders and has a major role in sponsoring the surgical expenses of those patients who desperately require complicated and expensive surgeries but cannot afford them. The trustees of SRF, Dr Saumyajit Basu, Dr Trinanjan Sarangi and Mr. Avijit Deb addressed the meeting along with a few eminent dignitaries.
The program has been arranged to raise an awareness on spinal deformities and to share some poignant patient stories which have a strong message to carry home. There was a panel discussion on the challenges faced to get a proper treatment for spinal disorders. Eminent panellists included Dr Apurba Ghosh (Lead Paediatrician, Institute of Child Health), Dr Indrajit Sardar (Lead Orthopaedic Surgeon, Nightingale Hospital), Dr Indranil Sanyal (Pathologist and Novelist), Dr Kamaleswar Mukherjee (Film Director, Actor and Physician), Dr Jyoti Chatterjee (Nuclear Scientist), Mr Biplab Dasgupta (Noted Film Actor) and Mr Debshankar Haldar (Noted theatre personality)
The program witnessed a novel interaction with children who had suffered from major spinal deformities and had been treated through SRF. They shared their stories live regarding the severe financial challenges they had and how spinal surgeries have changed their lives, enabling them to live normally, enjoy life to the fullest extent and contribute to their family upliftment.
The interaction session was followed by a one-act play, Alor Disha, the theme of which revolved around a little girl affected with a severe spinal deformity known as ‘Scoliosis’ and how she survives the fight to achieve stardom, coming to terms with her anguish in family life.