[QODLink]
Indian Hospital Revisited

Patient: Rajeshwari

An untreated ear infection and a locked jaw had left its mark on a teenager, until doctors gave her a new lease on life.

Last updated: 09 Mar 2014 11:34
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
When we first met Rajeshwari in 2012, she had never eaten a proper meal [Al Jazeera]

Sixteen-year-old Rajeshwari comes from the village of Yaradona, in Karnataka state, south India. It is a sleepy, farming village where life is governed by seasons and the monsoon rains.

When we first met Rajeshwari in 2012, she had never eaten a proper meal. An untreated ear infection had locked her jaw when she was only six months old, rendering her unable to eat solid foods, or even speak properly, as she could not open her mouth.

Her family was concerned that her facial deformity would end her chances of getting married - something that is almost unthinkable in conservative rural Indian society.

Severely malnourished, depressed, and weighing only 20kg, she had come to Narayana, where Dr Sandeep Rolson reconstructed her lower jaw, so that she could open her mouth. We revisit her two years later to find out how much her life has changed since that surgery.

Indian Hospital Revisited, a special two-part interactive addition to our original series, can be seen on March 13 and March 20, 2014, at the following times GMT: Thursday: 2000; Friday: 1200; Saturday: 0100; Sunday: 0600; Monday: 2000; Tuesday: 1200; Wednesday: 0100

More from Indian Hospital Revisited

226

Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
A handful of agencies that provide tours to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea say business is growing.
A political power struggle masquerading as religious strife grips Nigeria - with mixed-faith couples paying the price.
The current surge in undocumented child migrants from Central America has galvanized US anti-immigration groups.
Absenteeism among doctors at government hospitals is rife, prompting innovative efforts to ensure they turn up for work.
Marginalised and jobless, desperate young men in Nairobi slums provide fertile ground for al-Shabab.
join our mailing list