The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, where Lalit Modi’s wife Minalini is being treated for metastatic cancer, is a translation cancer research centre offering treatment primarily to patients whose cancer has spread to other body parts.
A spokesperson for the Champalimaud Foundation that runs the Charles Correa-designed hospital in Portugal refused to comment, saying, “The foundation never comments on issues related to patients.”
But documents released by Modi earlier this week included a letter from professor Carlo Greco, director of clinical research at The Champalimaud Centre, confirming Minalini was being treated there. The letter, dated June 13, said, “Since November 2012, the patient (Minalini) has received four procedures for potentially life-threatening conditions which in all cases required a thorough assessment of the cost-benefit ratio.”
When the cancer relapsed in July 2014, it needed urgent treatment and the procedure was carried out on August 4, 2014.
Within two months of the treatment, the Champalimaud Foundation on October 2 entered into a joint venture for “technical collaboration for the establishment of the centre as well as research in the field of oncology treatment” with the Rajasthan government.
A communiqué issued on October 13 said the MoU was signed in the presence of chief minister Vasundhara Raje and president Leonor Beleza, by board member João Silveira Botelho and JC Mohanty, Rajasthan’s principal secretary for medical education.
The joint venture was to establish a cancer centre over 35,000 square metres of land on the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences campus. “This includes the latest radiotherapy equipment to provide the type of cutting-edge radiation therapy solutions currently being pioneered at the Champalimaud Clinical Centre,” said the release.
In 2007, the Champalimaud Group had awarded the inaugural Vision Award to Aravind Eye Hospital for services in eye healthcare. “Doctors and specialists from the group occasionally meet the Foundation’s people at international seminars and meetings,” said Dr Tulasi Raj, executive director, Aravind Eye Care System.
(With inputs from AFP)