Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, the brainchild of Major HPS Ahluwalia was conceived in 1983 and was finally materialized in the year of 1997. A Major in the army, he found himself spinally injured in the Indo-Pak war of September 1965, after his successful climb to Mt. Everest earlier that year in May. Despite the tragedy that confined him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, hope and courage did not falter as he was shunted from one hospital to another due to lacking spinal injury services in India. He went to the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the United Kingdom for rehabilitation determined to rebuild his life. It was an experience that totally transformed him. He realized that though he himself had been lucky to get expert care, millions of Indians were not so fortunate and were forced to lead marginalized lives. It became his life's mission to help others like him and he determined to set up a similar hospital in India.
A dream that began to realize in the 1990s soon found its motivation to serve its countrymen by catering to spinal injured patients making it a one of a kind institution in the country. To guarantee highest standards of excellence and expertise, Major Ahluwalia sought collaboration with leading institutes around the world. Among many, impressed with his vision, the Government of Italy through San Raffaelle Hospital, Milan invested 10 million American dollars in the project proving to be the largest ever Italian collaboration with any country in the health care sector.
The evidence of this thriving endeavor can be seen in the form of Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, a 145 bedded hospital sprawled across 15 acres of lush green lawns and citrus fruit trees in the heart of South Delhi, successfully running for the past 10 years. It is perhaps, the only hospital designed by a patient for a patient, providing everything that a spinal injured patient would need under one roof. It is the only hospital in India that is completely barrier free since the architects had a unique insight into the possible impediments that a spinal injured patient can face, therefore endowing a homely and easier to relate to atmosphere. The Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) was a true landmark, not only in India, but in the whole of Asia.
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