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Free instant artificial legs become huge hit in Tamil Nadu’s Nagercoil

The South Rotary Club of Nagercoil has come forward to help handicapped people with new instant artificial legs

Free instant artificial legs become huge hit in Tamil Nadu Nagercoil
Tamil Nadu, First Published Feb 18, 2020, 7:24 PM IST
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Nagercoil’s South Rotary Club had recently set up their camp at a girl's high school in Nagercoil district of Tamil Nadu. The main motive of this camp was to make artificial legs for people who had lost their limbs. This, as an instant fix.
The procedure started with taking the measurements of the individual. The artificial leg was then fashioned, using a machine, in no time. The artificial legs were made using polyster poplin pipe. Since the weight of the pipe is less, it can be used for a long duration. The club spent around Rs 12,000 to make a leg that fits below the knee. To make a whole leg it cost the club almost Rs 18,000
People were met with tears, as they were overwhelmed by the feeling of walking without the help of a stick after many years.
The Rotary Club usually only hosts camps such as blood donation, and general check-ups. A camp like this is, however, is very rare in India.
The club has been receiving much praise from the public.
The government provides people artificial legs, but only after years of wait post the submission of an application.
The camp that provided instant artificial legs free of cost, was no doubt crowded but also filled individuals with hope.
The head of the camp, Biju, said “On behalf of our club we decided to provide artificial legs for people who lost their whole leg and for those who had lost their leg below the knee. Initially we decided to provide artificial legs for 150 people but since the demand was more, we decided to provide 60 additional artificial legs”, adding “people from Kerala also attended the camp, and we procured machines from Jaipur to manufacture artificial legs."
Another official from the club said that they have already held a camp like this 20 years ago and they decided to do it again because of the increase in need.
The official also stated that the club plans to extend their service in providing artificial arms to

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