December 2010 Sue returned to India as part of a team of 10 Chiropractors and 23 students from Murdoch University WA. She loved returning to the same community, continuing to care for the people in desperate need. Again chiropractors worked in field clinics attending to the rock breaking riverbed communities and the tea pickers of the Darjaleeng district. These workers lift huge weights and perform physical work in the harshest conditions earning just $1 per day. Over the 2 weeks the team gave over 5000 treatments Again they were presented with the most challenging conditions seen: falls from tops of buses and trains, stokes, TB, children that were malnourished and were failing to develop, cerebral palsy and all sorts of complex illnesses not seen in general practice in Australia.
Although extremely challenging, the work is extremely rewarding as the results seen in just 17 days were truly amazing. Each day the queues of people waiting to been treated increased as they traveled long distances by foot and on carts and queued for up to 7 hours to be seen. Sue found it a wonderful reminder of how resilient the human body and spirit is. With chiropractic adjustments and basic medical care it was amazing how these people could improve beyond expectation. The work and the conditions are quickly forgotten with the smiles and appreciation from these people for the chiropractic care they received.
A big thank you to all the generous support of our patients and friends in the fund raising required to enable us to provide translators, transport in to remote areas, funds to support the Siliguri community and funds to build a school in the slum we worked in. Together we can make a difference to so many!
Sue will be taking a break from travelling to India this year due to clinic and family commitments but will definitely returning to this exciting challenging project in future years.