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Lifeline Express project brings healthcare by rail

The Emirates Airline Foundation sponsored the Lifeline Express, a train which brings medical care to communities in need across India. This year’s project saw over 4000 patients, with 614 surgeries completed during the three week mission to Wadi Railway Station. This is the second time the Foundation has supported Lifeline Express, which is a project in cooperation with Indian Railways and Impact India Foundation.

Lifeline Express project brings healthcare by rail

For this year’s mission, the train journeyed to an area called Wadi, which is located in the Gulbarga District in the Indian State of Karnataka. Radio announcements and local news spread the word to the community about the train and its services.

Lifeline Express project brings healthcare by rail

Volunteer doctors and surgeons working on the train treated young patients for a number of complex conditions such as burns, cataracts, ear conditions, epilepsy, dental problems, cleft lip. They performed performed ENT, eye, and polio-corrective surgeries on board the train’s fully-equipped medical facilities.

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These are treatments most of these families would not be able to afford on their own, but thanks to donations to the Emirates Airline Foundation, this was made possible.

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Nirmala, age 8, receives cataract surgery on board the Lifeline Express. Thanks to donations to the Emirates Airline Foundation, this little girl will make a full recovery and have normal vision.

The train and its volunteers also provided trainings and lectures on a range of health topics, as well as visited a local school for hearing impaired children to distribute hearing aids.

Lifeline Express project brings healthcare by rail

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