” Nobody recognises a wonder in its process, but once if the wonder happens, there is no need for its recognition.”
Jaipur Foot, an organisation based in Jaipur, Rajasthan, who have realised what they are doing is just a help to fellow brothers and sisters of this huge family. Tens and Thousands of amputees in the developing world wear Jaipur foot. Jaipur Foot was established by former Indian Administrative Services officer Dr Devendra Raj Mehta to provide free of cost artificial limbs to poor and needy amputees. Since its inception in 1975, there has been tremendous growth in patients.
People from remote corners of India and the world come to Jaipur Foot for the prosthetic implants as it is lighter and certified as the best artificial limb in the world due to its inexpensiveness and mobility as an attribute. At the entrance of Jaipur Foot amputees walking with artificial limbs with a smile on all on their face can be seen. There are many rooms which just have thin partitions, and one of the representatives took me to Dr Devendra Raj Mehta, founder of Jaipur Foot.
This 78-year-old mighty man described that India is still a ground for amputees, and there are millions of unattended people. In his words, “The biggest sins of humankind are ignorance and unavoidable suffering”. They do not maintain a trade secret, everyone can see the manufacturing and understand the innovation of Jaipur Foot. Whether the patient is rich or poor, if the amputee come in the morning, by evening he/she will be given the limb for free of cost.
His decision to provide limbs for free was often challenged by donors, strategists but when the finances come into the picture he says “I am the biggest beggar in India”. He is ready to beg for his entire life for people he is committed but not ready to take a single penny from them. It seemed that selflessness has been redefined again.