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Meet the Doctor Who Runs India's Last Polio Ward

Meet the Doctor Who Runs India's Last Polio Ward
From TIME - January 4, 2018

Decades ago, Dr. Mathew Varghese went from house to house in northern India to study victims of polio. He saw people who could only crawl. He learned to ask questions they didnt teach in medical school: What is your social class? Are you able to attend school? His findings came with a lesson: What you see in the hospital is only part of the story.

Today Varghese, an orthopedic surgeon, runs Indias last polio ward, at St. Stephens Hospital in New Delhi. In 1990, the city saw 3,000 new paralytic cases of polio; since January 2011, India has seen zero new cases, but for the victims, polio is forever. Doctors like Varghese are assisting with therapy, surgery and more. That work, he says, is an absolutely humbling experience.

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