Last September, I had the life-affirming opportunity to travel to India to volunteer on Lifeline Express, the world’s first hospital train.
The experience was recorded and was aired on Kembara Kasih on Mediacorp Suria! There are English subtitles!
I was gifted the opportunity to observe a full surgery conducted by the chief surgeon of India’s best hospital, where he’d removed a mouth tumour. I was volunteering onboard Lifeline Express, the world’s first hospital train, which serves the poor and underprivileged masses of rural India. It was, needless to say, an eye-opening experience. Especially for someone not medically trained!
The train has medically served more than one million people in rural India, restoring sight, hearing, clefts, burn contractures (tightening of the skin after a second or third degree burn), orthopaedic impairment, epilepsy and dental problems. Recently, 2 more coaches were added that are used for detecting and controlling oral, breast and cervical cancer, preventing strokes and providing family health services. Free-of-cost surgeries for the rural poor are done in three fully equipped operation theatres.
The initiative, which is the flagship of Impact India Foundation, in partnership with the Indian Railways, helps in reaching out to the unreached areas of the country, usually the rural areas where the medical facilities are insufficient or areas hit by natural disasters.
If you would like to contribute to the cause, you may donate directly to https://www.impactindia.org/
I’ll be sharing more personal experiences from the trip soon!
Lots of love,