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A SOLIHULL GP travelled to the slums of India to help with a charity project which saw 10 British doctors treat 6,000 patients in three days.

A SOLIHULL GP travelled to the slums of India to help with a charity project which saw 10 British doctors treat 6,000 patients in three days.

Dr Victor Sagoo, aged 43, was based at a school in the small village of Phillur in Punjab.

The project was started six years ago to offer free medical treatment, including drugs and operations, to as many people as possible who could not normally afford it.

Father-of-two Dr Sagoo said: “Thousands of people, from children to the very elderly, travelled on foot up to 100km to our medical camp.

“With nurses and translators helping us our remit was to see each and every person that came through our doors and no-one was turned away.

“I remember seeing a very sick little boy and his younger sister who were malnourished and underweight with a rare blood disorder that had taken the lives of their two elder siblings, but their parents could not afford treatment.

“We managed to secure hospital admission for both these siblings and hope they have a chance of survival.

“We saw some very poorly patients who required urgent hospital treatments and we arranged for operations to be carried out at a local charity hospital within one week of seeing us. We took all our own drugs with us from the UK.

“We were overwhelmed by the love and respect from these people who had nothing, but were grateful for the help we gave them.

“I find helping others and making a difference very humbling and it makes me grateful for the healthcare we have in the UK.”

 

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