Joint replacement patients dance Bhangra

May 22nd, 2009 - 8:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, May 22 (IANS) A group of joint replacement surgery patients - in the age group of 60 to 75 years - Friday put on an energetic Bhangra/Giddha (Punjabi dances) performance that left spectators spellbound.
Attired in typical Punjabi costumes, around a dozen men and women, who had undergone joint replacement surgery, participated in the nearly 15-minute performance.

One of the participants, Balwant Kaur, 72, who had undergone a knee replacement surgery said: “My quality of life has certainly improved after the operation. Earlier I could not take even a single step without the help of others but now I am fully independent and even helping others at times.”

“Now I go for regular morning and evening walks and even dance at family functions without any problem or any pain,” she added.

Former Army officer Tara Singh, 70, said he felt “new energy” in himself after the operation, with the only thing that he needed to follow being a strict routine of exercises afterwards.

“Dancing was my hobby at one time but I had to leave it because of severe joint pain that is a chronic disorder in my family. However now besides dancing, I am confident of taking part in a long run,” said Singh.

This performance was part of the ‘Friends of Fortis Meet’ that was organised by the orthopaedics department of Mohali-based Fortis Hospital in Chandigarh for their former patients. It was attended by nearly 350 people including former patients and their family members.

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