Jaipur Vet’s Free-Of-Cost Prosthetic Limbs Are Helping Amputee Cows, Horses & Dogs Walk Again

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India has seen remarkable progress in the domain of prosthetic limbs, so much so that fully automated bionic arms and legs are readily available at affordable prices for the public. The land of the famous Jaipur foot has made unprecedented advancement in upgrading these products to global standards. However, have you ever wondered what happens to the speechless and helpless animals who lose their limbs? For most stray animals and even pets, accidental loss of a limb or inborn defect leads only to a lifetime of agony and physical disability.

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“For instance, in a cowshed full of productive cattle, if one cow fractures its limb, we have to amputate it immediately. Four years ago, there was nothing more to be done beyond that. The cow, in most cases, would be neglected by the owner or caregiver thereafter,” narrates Dr Tapesh Mathur, a veteran veterinarian surgeon from Jaipur.

He is perhaps better recognised as the creator of ‘Krishna Limb’ – India’s first prosthetic limb for animals. The Krishna Limb is a brainchild of Dr Mathur himself who manufactures these in his personal workshop and provides to amputee animals, completely free of cost. Though he is based in Jaipur as a surgeon at the government animal hospital, Dr Mathur has managed to help over 90 animals from all over India, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

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A prosthetic limb for Krishna the calf

The designs of the prosthetic limbs are customised according to the animals – be it a cow, horse, dog, cat or others. Nearly four years ago, the basic framework was originally invented for a calf named Krishna.

“People would bring accidentally wounded cattle and other animals to me. In most cases, an amputation is necessary in case of a major fracture or infected limb. But I used to wonder what happens to the amputated animals. Once, during my visit to a nearby Goshala, I spotted these helpless animals lying uncared in a corner. Owners start overlooking them since they no more remain productive,” Dr Mathur reveals.

Around this time, a calf named Krishna was brought to Dr Mathur, who had to be amputated.

Determined to help the timid animal stand on his feet again, he came up with the very first prototype of a prosthetic limb and fitted it to Krishna. It took the little calf a few weeks to get adjusted to the device, but once he did, he was bouncing around in happiness.

Little Krishna’s delight touched Dr Mathur deeply and prompted him to start making prosthetic limbs for animals, investing his personal savings. He coined the term ‘Krishna Limb’ for these prosthetic limbs, after his first successful effort with Krishna the calf.

Krishna Limbs For Animals

Dr Mathur provides the limbs free of cost

Dr Tapesh Mathur and his wife Shipra Mathur started the charitable trust – Pen Media Foundation, with their own savings, which welcomes financial contribution from beneficiaries and well-wishers, and the collected funds are invested in the limbs. “But we never demand a penny from the owners whose cattle and pets we help out,” Dr Mathur clarifies.

The limbs cost around Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 depending on the animal, but all the money comes from the Pen Media funds.

From cows, horses, dogs to parrots

The present design of the Krishna Limb is a result of a series of upgrades from the very first one. Now the team is adept in customising prosthetic limbs for different animals upon request. “We generally work with cows, horses and dogs but have started receiving applications for other animals as well. Recently, we got a request for a limb for a pet parrot. We are still working on the design,” he shares.

Krishna Limbs For Animals

Their working procedure is quite straining since it is impossible to transport an amputee animal to Jaipur from some remote part of the country. So, Dr Mathur personally visits the amputee animal with his team, records all necessary details of measurements and mould the Krishna Limb accordingly. Later, during a second visit, the limb is attached to the animal.

Checking the progress of the animals

Fitting the animals with a prosthetic limb is no cakewalk, as the animals fail to understand its use and feel uneasy with an external attachment. That is why a 15-day physiotherapy training is mandated for the animals to get accustomed to the polypropylene limb and start walking again.

Krishna Limbs For Animals

“Earlier, we found some cases of carelessness where owners did not practise the physiotherapy as per our advice, and the prosthetic limb became only an impediment to the animal. So, now we compulsorily make the owners sign an affidavit where they pledge to look after the animal after the limb attachment. We also ensure to take feedback from them after a month or two,” shares Dr Mathur.

Want to see your dearest pet jump and leap around happily again? You can contact Krishna Limb and place a request at 09928015504.

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‘Happy Fridge’: The Key To Bridge Food Wastage And Hunger Problem In India

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Rahul Khera and Gautam Jindal, volunteers (aka hunger heroes) at Feeding India, were among the many Delhi NCR residents accustomed to seeing hungry children pick up half-eaten burgers or stale sandwiches from the dustbin and savour those with the brightest smiles. Like many others, they also had the will to promote equitable food distribution but was perplexed about the approach, until they learnt about the community fridge initiative which has gained unprecedented success in Saudi Arabia and few other European countries. Meanwhile, community fridges were already being installed outside restaurants or in public places in a handful of cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Kochi.

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Needless to mention, with a shocking 103rd rank in the Global Hunger Index and a food wastage estimate of around Rs 58,000 crore – India was perhaps the best country to implement such an initiative. With Gautam’s help, an enthusiastic Rahul invested his own savings to install a ‘Happy Fridge’ outside his residence at Sun City, Sector 54 in Gurgaon. Set up in 2017 by these Feeding India volunteers, the fridge in Gurgaon has inspired the NGO to scale up the project across India.

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‘Happy Fridge’ fostered many smiles

It didn’t take long for the local residents to learn about this laudable endeavour. They welcomed it, as wastage of excess food was a recurring problem in almost every household. “Intimating the localities was no mammoth task, thanks to social media. However, it was difficult to spread the word among those who actually needed the food,” shares Rahul, who went from auto stands to slums, inviting rickshaw pullers, ragpickers or roadside vendors to avail the community fridge any time they feel hungry. “The security guards of our residential complex played a huge role in explaining how the fridge works to the beneficiaries,” he adds.

The operational and maintenance costs of the ‘ happy fridge ‘ are being maintained diligently by the community members.

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“I remember one young man who had arrived from a village looking for some menial day job. Somehow he had run out of his paltry savings and had no money to buy one decent meal a day. For about a month, our happy fridge was his solace, till he earned his first salary from a housekeeping job,” shares a jubilant Rahul.

In another incident, a truck driver returning in the wee hours of midnight was starving after a whole day’s hard work. He had run out of cooking fuel at his home, so our fridge was at his rescue.

“The residents keep all sorts of palatable dishes in the happy fridge, ranging from dry snacks, fruits to cooked meals. Sometimes, they even keep raw vegetables, to ensure not a single bit of good food ends up in their trash while other people go hungry to bed,” reveals Rahul.

On an average, each happy fridge supplies around 10-15 meals in a day. The gratitude and pure smiles of the hungry souls after a fulfilling meal are more than enough to continue to motivate Rahul and his neighbours. In fact, inspired by him, many other communities in the Delhi-NCR region set up community fridges in their areas.

Feeding India will set up 500 Happy Fridges

Since the past few years, Feeding India has been a prominent organisation working in the forefront to solve the hunger problem in India. Primarily, they were involved in redistributing leftover food from weddings and parties among the underprivileged people in different cities of India. Their volunteers, better known as “Hunger Heroes of India”, worked actively to bridge the gap between food wastage and food crisis.

“We used to get a lot of calls from individual households to collect their excess food. However, unfortunately, we lacked the manpower and planning to launch our programme on a door to door basis. We were desperately looking for an alternative when we learnt about the community fridges,” shares Srishti Jain, co-founder of Feeding India.

After interacting with Rahul Khera and other campaigners of community fridges, Feeding India decided to amplify this extraordinary project throughout the length and breadth of India. Presently, they have launched the #FightFoodWaste campaign to install 500 community fridges – nicknamed ‘ Happy Fridge ’. So any passer-by – be it a kid going to school without a lunchbox, or a labourer returning home late at night with no promise of a dinner – can now grab a pack of biscuits or a bowl of ‘dal-chawal’ (rice & lentil soup) to satiate their hunger. Click here to contribute for ‘ Happy Fridge ‘ and ensure India never sleeps hungry again.

Feeding India also urges everyone to make a promise to stop wasting food and instead consider donating it to those in need.

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