Twenty-five young hearing impaired children, who successfully received implants between 2006 and 2008, were presented convocation certificates by eminent poet and lyricist Gulzaar, as they took a leap towards a more promising and fulfilling life.
The ceremony was organised in the city on Sunday by Big Ears, a clinic that focuses on early detection and intervention in patients with hearing impairment. Doctors, patients and the entire team of KEM hospital were present.
Addressing the audience, chief guest of the ceremony, veteran poet Gulzaar said that he has been associated with hearing impaired children right from his film Koshish. The Hindi movie featured Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri who were deaf and mute. It depicted their conflicts, pain and struggle to carve out a niche for themselves in society.
Gulzaar, who is also involved in running a school for disabled people at Bhopal lauded the efforts of the Big Ears division of KEM hospital, which has been giving a new life to these special children.
“I feel glad to see so many people working for the welfare of these children, which enables them to pursue their dreams like other normal children," Gulzaar saab said.
Gulzaar revived memories of his past when he used the medium of film and television to spread awareness about the medical aid.
Dr Neelam Vaid, director and implanting surgeon of Big Ears said it is only appropriate that we acknowledge and applaud parents, who dreamt and believed that their children are no less than others and left no stone unturned to try and give their children a better future. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." Vaid added.
The felicitation was followed by dance performances of the beneficiary children.