Congenital paediatric problems of the spine are very rare. Dr Balamurali, spinal neurosurgeon in Chennai, India, treats babies from as small as 1.5 kg from day 1 of life born with neural tube defects to complex intradural spinal cord anomalies that requires surgery. We use intraoperative neuromonitoring from 1 year of age and above
Birth defects are the leading cause of infant mortality and morbidity in India. According to recent study the infant mortality rate is on the increase alarmingly despite the tremendous advancements in medical technology and skills. With timely intervention, the babies can be saved and most children can lead a normal life like any other healthy child. Though the required skills, expertise, high-end technology and the complete sterile environment to prevent infections and to treat the new born babies are available in some of the private sector hospitals, the lower income people find it difficult to pay the hospital expenses. The delay in timely treatment and the inability to bear the hospital expenses leads to the death of several unfortunate infants.
Dr G Balamurali of Kauvery Hospital in association with Rotary Club of Madras North and Government of Tamil Nadu conceptualized “Project Thalirgal” to treat or operate babies born from low socio economic background with congenital abnormalities related to Spine and Brain free of cost.