For two Mumbaiites, running the marathon on Sunday will be an achievement in itself.
Mustaq Shaikh (in picture), 28, an electrician from Malad and Deepak Bhatose, 17, a student from Kalyan, were both diagnosed with acute knee problems and were unable to walk till last year.
Mustaq, who suffered from a cartilage defect on his knee joints since a very young age, underwent an Autologous Cartilage Implant (ACI) surgery two years ago and will be running the Dream Run (6 km) in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon this year.
Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala, an orthopedist at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, had operated on Mustaq and also inspired him to participate in the marathon.
The ACI procedure involves regeneration of the patient’s own cartilage instead of a total knee transplant surgery. “I wanted to run the marathon last year, but my doctor advised me not to since my knee had not yet recovered fully. This year, all my X-ray reports showed excellent progress,” said Shaikh, who is training for the marathon by playing galli cricket every day.
“Mustaq came to me with a very large cartilage defect in the knee. We advised him to undergo the ACI treatment and he recovered very well from it. I was a little apprehensive about him running the marathon last year since it was too early but I couldn’t stop him this year. His reports are absolutely normal and the knee has healed completely”, said Dr. Pardiwala.
Bhatose, who had injured his knee while playing, also underwent an ACI surgery two years ago.
“He was suffering from a defect in the weight bearing surface of his knee cartilage. His progress chart shows a completely healed knee. There is no reason why he cannot run the marathon this year,” said Dr Bhushan Pati from DY Patil Hospital, Navi Mumbai.