Professor S.M. Balaji’s Skill and Dedication Are Paying Great Rewards in Southern India
COVID-19 struck the Indian subcontinent extremely hard and the city of Chennai (formerly Madras) on the southeastern coast was locked down for many months. Dr. S.M. Balaji, who leads the WorldCF center in Chennai, reported in late April, that “the situation is really grim. The strain is spreading faster than a forest fire. But I and all my staff at the hospital have been vaccinated. We don’t allow any in-patients without a chest CT and a negative COVID-19 test. We are keeping ourselves safe, but we are working.”
Recently, however, things have improved greatly, Professor Balaji tells us. “Lockdown is being withdrawn stage by stage. I have been able to perform a few stages of surgery on patients who have had to wait. And the surgeries have been successful.”
Accompanying Dr. Balaji’s very encouraging news were some remarkable photographs that we are eager to share with you. We have introduced you before to young Dhwaj and Probhnoor and both have recently been patients at Dr. Balaji’s hospital. Probhnoor, now three years old, and Dhwai, now two, have had successful surgeries in Chennai and we know you join their parents in celebrating Professor Balaji’s successes.