Members of the Duke Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Division, Drs. Selene Parekh and Samuel Adams, and Resident, Dr. Danny Scott teamed up with faculty from around the world for a medical mission trip in Pune, India in January 2019.
Every January since 2010, and every June since 2013, the Parekh Family Foundation takes a team from the USA to India to participate in charity surgeries and engage local surgeons in learning the skills of foot and ankle surgery as well as rehabilitation. Over the past eight years, the Parekh Family Foundation has performed more than 1,200 surgeries, and trained more than 1,400 surgeons and 500 physical therapists. They’ve also donated more than 1,000 pairs of shoes to India and published a foot and ankle textbook for Asia.
This year the team experienced some additional challenges, including last minute city changes, obtaining a visa, multiple flight cancellations, broken seats, but these obstacles did not stop the team from accomplishing their mission.
"It takes a team to do great things. We leave Pune having trained so many Orthopedic Surgeons & physical therapists while helping many patients. I thank each & every person who helped to make this happen, from our donors to our organizers & surgeon," said Selene Parekh, MD.
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About the Parekh Foundation:
The Parekh Family Foundation was established in 2006, embodying the ideals and values of the parents of Selene and Zankhna Parekh. The Foundation was started in honor of Gunvant and Bharati Parekh. From Mumbai and Ahmedabad respectively, they immigrated to the United States in 1969. They were great believers in education, hard work, and discipline. The Parekh Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation, which functions to improve the quality of life for individuals globally. The core activities of the Foundation include supporting education, research, and missionary medical aid to those who need health care within the United States and abroad.