Jacinta (on wheel-chair), her relative
and Dr. Baath
Mohali: A road accident
12 years back had resulted in medical complications for Nigerian
national Onyinye Anyichie Jacinta, 26, who could not move around
without a walker. However, she is today looking forward to
regaining her old life, thanks to a surgery by doctors here.
"I had come to India with big hope
and I am happy that I got the right treatment here. I will return
home with many profound memories," Jacinta said here Monday.
According to doctors, Jacinta had an unusual hip condition known
as 'coxa valga', and had difficulty walking as one of her legs
began to lengthen.
"My left hip started developing arthritis and the affected limb
was lengthened and I was subjected to bouts of intense pain and
limping. Over the years, the pain increased and I consulted many
doctors in Nigeria and abroad," said Jacinta.
"Doctors advised me hip replacement, but I was unwilling. One of
my relative discussed my case with doctors here and they suggested
a corrective procedure. I had full confidence on Indian doctors
and their technologies, so I packed my bags and came here for
treatment without giving any second thought," she said.
The doctors said the surgery posed unique problems.
"Doing the corrective procedure, 12 years after the injury, was a
challenging task. We did hip osteotomy surgery last month and she
is recovering very fast. She is already mobilised on walker and
will recover fully in the next four-six months," said Harinder
Batth, a senior orthopaedic surgeon who operated upon Jacinta at a
private hospital in Mohali, some 10 km from state capital
"By undergoing this procedure, she was saved from hip replacement,
which over the years would have required another surgery because
of her young age. Now, both her legs are equal and she will have
normal gait without any limp," he added.