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Thanks to Ayurveda, Saif can walk again

IT WAS an end of dream for 11-year-old Mohd Saif who wanted to play football like his hero David Beckham. The captain of the football team of his colony, was detected with ?footdrop? ? an abnormal and incurable neuromuscular (nerve and muscle) disorder that affected his ability to raise his right foot ? after he was administered injection on the sciatic nerve.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 00:03 IST
Smriti Malaviya
Smriti Malaviya
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Hindustantimes
         

IT WAS an end of dream for 11-year-old Mohd Saif who wanted to play football like his hero David Beckham. The captain of the football team of his colony, was detected with ‘footdrop’ — an abnormal and incurable neuromuscular (nerve and muscle) disorder that affected his ability to raise his right foot — after he was administered injection on the sciatic nerve.

Much to his parents’ agony and treatment in five different cities, Mohd Saif was heading towards total disability. But thanks to the Ayurveda treatment Mohd Saif can again hope to become a football player.

Resident of Kareli, Mohd Saif suffered from right footdrop after he was administered an injection on his sciatic nerve by an experienced medical college doctor, about two-and-a-half months back. He felt great difficulty in walking and the pain in his right foot became unbearable. One month later, he became completely bed-ridden.

Mohd Saif’s parents consulted leading neurosurgeons and physicians in Allahabad, Mumbai, SGPGI Lucknow, Nasik, Viklang Kendra and Apollo Hospital New Delhi. But after hosts of tests, the boy was advised physiotherapy, electric shock and only few pain killers.

“All the doctors expressed their inability to cure the problem. After spending over Rs 50,000 and even electric shock treatment we had lost all hopes. About one month back on the advice of my friend from Kerala we took him to Ayurvedacharya Dr SK Rai for Panchakarma at a private hospital in city.

Amazingly after few sessions, the boy started walking. He can even climb stairs,” said Mohd Saif’s uncle Mohd Wasim Khan.

Ayurvedacharya Dr SK Rai said the boy was given Panchakarma therapy with ‘Pizchil’, a kind of herb. The medicated oil was poured on his body to activate his nervous system. “Dr SD Bansal and Panchkarma specialist Dr Navin Singh were also part of the team. After two months of treatment the boy will be able to resume his normal activities,” he said.

Leading paediatrician Dr Ajay Gopal said there was no effective treatment of footdrop in allopathy. But in Mohd Saif’s case, he has recovered 60-70 per cent after Panchakarma that is amazing.

But Mohd Saif said, “I am happy I can play football again. Although there is little pain when I kick the ball hard.”