Live Well With SCI
Live Well with SCI is the motto of The Spinal Foundation. Appropriate rehabilitation is the key to living well with SCI. Persons with spinal cord injury who get good and timely rehabilitation and support are living healthy, successful and productive lives. Two exemplary individuals who epitomize this definite possibility are central to The Spinal Foundation.
Padma Shri Dr Mary Verghese was an alumnus of Christian Medical College, Vellore, a great doctor, and the visionary who championed India’s first specialised center for rehabilitation 50 years ago and the first in-patient Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department in India at CMC Vellore. She became a paraplegic in a road accident in 1954 and a wheelchair user for life. The Founding Day of The Spinal Foundation is on May 26, the birthday of Dr Mary Verghese.
The Spinal Foundation is headed by Padma Bhushan Major H P S Ahluwalia, a Mount Everest climber, a hero of 1965 India-Pakistan war in which he sustained a spinal cord injury, founder, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Delhi, one of three quality rehab centres in India, adventurist and author of Higher Than Everest among several books.