Christian Medical College Vellore

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Vision Statement: The Christian Medical College, Vellore, seeks to be a witness to the healing ministry of Christ, through excellence in education, service and research

Care for accident victims

1 person dies every 4 minutes on Indian roads

One evening, Ayesha* was travelling with her family in Andhra Pradesh.

Tired from a long day, the 35-year old leaned against the window of the bus and fell asleep. Within the next few seconds her life took a shocking turn.

The speeding bus collided with a lorry. Ayesha was crushed in her seat. Her frantic family managed to pull her out of the bus. She was unconscious and covered in blood. She did not open her eyes or respond to them. Many hours later she regained consciousness. The pain on her right side was unbearable. Her right arm and hand were severely damaged.

“With my face and arm bleeding profusely, my family rushed me to four different hospitals,” she recalls. 

“Three hospitals refused to admit me. They said I needed to go to a bigger hospital.”

 The fourth hospital was able to stitch the wounds on her face but the doctors said they could not save her arm. They told her family to go to a bigger hospital in Chennai or Vellore. 

The next day, Ayesha’s family brought her to the Accident and Emergency department in CMC Vellore. 

It was too late to save her right arm and the doctors had to amputate. Ayesha was traumatised by the accident and the loss of her right arm. She stayed in CMC Vellore for two weeks.

“I have never been away from my one-year-old baby for so long” she says, her eyes filling with tears as she talks about her son.

Ayesha is recovering and adapting to her new way of life without her right arm. She started occupational therapy to learn how to use her left hand for day-to-day activities. In future, she 

hopes to get a prosthetic right arm. Though Ayesha has lost a limb, she has not lost her courage and positive spirit.

“I am an accountant with two years of experience.I want get back to my job and my normal life,” she says proudly. “My husband is my biggest support. He will always be my right hand.”

There are 1,200 road accidents every day in India.

This results in more than 370 deaths per day.

Trauma is the leading cause of death amongst young people between the ages of 5 and 29 years.

The Hindu reports: 53 road crashes, 17 deaths per hour in 2018:  Annual government report

Although government statistics indicate that road accident rates have been coming down in Tamil Nadu, CMC has recorded a steep increase in trauma cases received in our hospital. 57% of the Road Traffic Accident victims brought into our Emergency Department were riding 2-wheelers.

Motorbike related trauma, especially head injuries, can be significantly reduced by wearing a helmet. Not wearing your helmet can be a grave mistake.

At CMC we are determined to reduce the number of fatalities and disabilities resulting from such accidents. However, our current Accident and Emergency unit is full and overflowing.

We don’t want to turn anyone away, but have no space or resources to help everyone. For equivalent facilities, families will have to travel 140 km to Chennai or beyond.

Our new Advanced Trauma Care Centre at CMC Vellore, Kannigapuram Campus, housing a 1500-bedded multi-speciality hospital and teaching facility, is ideally situated to help accident victims.

Kannigapuram will be the only Level 1 Trauma Centre on the busy national highway between Chennai and Bengaluru.
Click on the image below to view our Trauma Care Brochure 

However, we can’t do this alone. We are seeking partners who can join us in caring for severely injured people. As a generous individual or a Company through CSR and other philanthropic initiatives, you can help us save lives!

Click on the table below to donate to CMC today.

The ‘Golden Hour’ Fund

In road traffic accidents every minute counts. The Golden Hour is the critical period within which timely action can prevent death and disability.  Donate to the Golden Hour Fund and you can save a life. 

Raju* is a 14-year old school student. His parents are daily wage coolies. They live in a village outside Vellore. 

One day, Raju and his sister took a ride on his father’s motorbike. He did not have a driver’s license. Neither of them wore helmets. Driving on the busy national highway, Raju lost control of the bike. They crashed into a truck and both children were thrown off the bike. 

They were rushed to the Accident & Emergency Department of CMC. Raju had suffered a spinal cord injury. This left his legs & arms completely paralysed. He lost all ability to walk, stand, sit or even move his hands and legs. His sister had multiple fractures that needed surgery.

Raju is now completely dependent on his parents. His mother had to stop working to feed, bathe and care for him. To ease the financial burden on the family, his father tried for compensation. He was told that as a teenage driver, he was not eligible for compensation and could be penalized for violating traffic regulations. The family is struggling to make ends meet and look after their teenage children.

Despite the excellent clinical care and treatment he received at CMC, Raju’s future is uncertain. When he took his father’s motorbike out, he did not think he was breaking traffic rules. He did not think twice about wearing a helmet or getting one for his sister.

If only we could teach our children to value rules and safety.
Prevention is always better than cure.

(narrated by S Guru Nagarajan, Social Worker, Rehabilitation Institute, CMC)  
*names changed

Project Helmet

As part of CMC’s outreach work in Road Safety and Injury Prevention, our community-based rehabilitation team reaches out to 500 school children and college students every year, doing workshops, games, role plays and case studies. Young people meet and interact with patients and families affected by RTAs. We train our youth to spread the word on road safety & become agents for social change!

Pedestrian Safety

Walk facing the traffic.

Find a safe place to cross a road and stop.

Keep looking left and right as you cross.

Do not use mobiles while crossing the road.

Carry a torch while walking in the dark.

Learn CPR and save a life

A common cause of road accident death is blockage of the respiratory pathway. It takes less than four minutes for a blocked airway to cause death.

If you do CPR within the critical four minutes you could save a life.

Driver Safety

Always wear a seat belt or a helmet.

Don’t drink alcohol and drive.

Don’t use mobiles while driving.

Speed thrills but kills.