It is my privilege to interact
with you. "Fresh Start Surgical Gifts" is a
Charitable Organization, working with the philosophy of
bringing under-privileged, physically deformed children to the
best of the Surgical set up and provide them State of the Art
services through charities. The Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, is
a registered Charity Organization under the Public Trust Act
1950 with the Charity Commissioner, Mumbai, Govt. of
Maharashtra, and also enjoys 80G Exemption vide order No. 928
/ 2002 (Up to 2006).
The "Fresh Start Surgical Gifts" has been attracting
more doctors and volunteers from different parts of the
Country and Abroad, who are extending their services free of
charges. Nurses, Medical assistants and Social Volunteers from
different walks of life also help these activities of
"Fresh Start Surgical Gifts".
On behalf of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, I would solicit your
contribution in any form / value to sponsor part or full
surgery for these children. Till date "Fresh Start
Surgical gifts" has been able to give a fresh start to
about 500 patients. Now Fresh Start holds regular free
operative session at Amravati, Akola, Alibaug, Bhavnagar,
Mumbai and Ludhiana.
In order to reach out to economically under privileged section
of the society, more funds are needed and in order to reach
our target, we are organizing a charity show of the famous
English play 'I am not Bajirao'. We are expecting an audience
of about 800 people. Please patronize the play and extend your
support by the sponsoring the event.
I am soliciting your blessing and am looking forward to you
being the Main Sponsor of the above mentioned event. I am sure
that you will extend a helping hand and enable us to serve the
Please find enclosed the details of the sponsorship for the
PROGRESS REPORT 2001 - 2002
India, the 2nd largest populated Country of the World, has a
large population which suffers from congenital defects,
deformities caused by accidents, disease, burn injuries etc.
Unfortunately most of these people belong to the economically
and socially deprived class, which cannot afford expensive
medical facilities. A number of NGO's including "Fresh
Start Surgical Gifts" India Chapter and a few Medical
Professionals like Dr. Ashok Gupta, have taken initiatives in
this direction and have been undertaking various welfare
projects in different part of the Country.
For Dr. Ashok Gupta, it started about 20 years ago. On his
return from the United Kingdom after successfully completing
the Higher Specialized Training in Reconstructive Microsurgery
at few of the best known Centres of Learning, Dr. Ashok Gupta
wanted very much to give back the advantage of his recently
acquired skill and knowledge to under-privileged people in the
remote / tribal belt of Maharashtra. During his tenure as
Trainee and thereafter as Teacher at Government run Medical
College at Nagpur and Mumbai, Dr. Ashok Gupta came across a
number of physicians / patients who required reconstructive
surgery, but were suffering due to lack of money and medical
As seen at some hospitals in United Kingdom, Surgeons very
often travelled to peripheral hospitals to conduct operations
for local people, thus taking medical help to their doorsteps.
As it is, Dr. Gupta was eager to help the underprivileged,
this gave him the courage to materialise his dream of social
service. Thus, Dr. Ashok Gupta began conducting free
reconstructive surgery sessions in the remote areas of Madhya
Pradesh and Maharashtra for the underprivileged. Dr. Ashok
Gupta also felt that he owed certain obligations to people of
these States wherein, he had undertaken all his education and
training from pre-primary schooling onwards to the
Post-doctoral Degree in Medicine. There is a large tribal
population in these States, which still are lagging behind in
the society. People here are very poor, it is difficult for
them to make both ends meet. Thus, even thinking of
approaching a Specialist Doctor for reconstructive surgery is
beyond their means and imagination.
Despite many odds, Dr. Gupta continued to help the poor people
by undertaking free reconstructive surgery sessions at local
hospitals in Padher, Betul, Itarsi, Jhansi, Durg (Madhya
Pradesh) Amaravati, Akola,Badnera, Gondia, Jalna, Srirampur,
Tumsar, Warora (Maharashtra) and Sumerpur(Rajasthan) as well
at his private Clinic / Hospital at Bombay. Although Dr.Gupta
was working very hard to alleviate suffering of these
under-privileged, he was doing it single handed on a
relatively small scale.
Coincidently, during his one of the visits to United States of
America, he met Dr. Dennis Nigro, a Plastic surgeon and Dr.
Sheryl Perry at California, U.S.A. Both Dr. Nigro and Dr.
Perry had also similar experience, approach and philosophy.
They had started a Non-profit Organization in 1990 called
"Fresh Start Surgical Gifts", whose aim is to extend
benefits of reconstructive surgery to underprivileged
This concept was not new to Dr. Gupta, as he was already
operating upon children and adults free of charge in India
over last two decades. On his return from USA and after
obtaining necessary preliminary permissions from the Competent
Authorities, Dr. Gupta along with some like minded
philanthropist people like Mr. Shyam Singhania and Dr. B. L.
Tekriwal, formed a Charitable Trust "Fresh Start Surgical
Gifts" chapter in India in Oct. 2000. The said
"Fresh Start Surgical Gifts" chapter in India is
duly registered with the Charity Commissioner, Govt. of
Maharashtra as vide Registration No. E / 19257 (BOM) dated
16th March 2001 and Permanent Income Tax Account No. AAATF
0575 - D on 22nd March 2001.
Simultaneously, Application for registration with the
Commissioner, Income - Tax Dept. and Exemption for Income Tax
under section 80 - G was submitted on 13th October and was
granted on 30th April 2001 vide Registration No. TR 35658
Application and on 21st June 2001 vide Exemption Certificate
No. DIT(E)/MC/80 - G/ 2458 / 2001 respectively.
Introduction of the concept of "Fresh Start Surgical
Gifts" in India was made with the first visit of Dr.
Sheryl Perry. A wide coverage at the Bombay Press, conducting
joint Indo-American Surgical Sessions at Bombay and Amaravati,
attendance and personal presentations at the Annual Meeting of
the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India, Press Conference
at Mumbai and New Delhi, Visit to Dayanand Medical College
& Hospital, Ludhiana and personal interactions with a
large number of Philanthropists, Social Workers, Medical
Doctors, Bankers etc, to appraise them of various potentials
and possible activities in India.
She also made inspections of various medical and surgical
facilities at the possible Fresh Start Host Hospitals. Based
on her experience and the report and coinciding with the next
visit by Dr. Sheryl Perry, Chairman Medical Board and Mr.
Martin Davis, Executive Director of the said "Fresh Start
Surgical Gifts" USA, a chapter in India, was thereafter
incorporated with the "Fresh Start Surgical Gifts"
of U.S.A. in January 2001. Incidentally, this was the First
International Chapter of the "Fresh Start Surgical
Gifts", incorporated outside the U.S.A.
In order to reach and to co-ordinate specialised surgeries for
the patients in remote areas, operative sessions are organised
at regular intervals on various parts of the country. Prior to
any operative session a team of local doctors identify and
select genuine cases that need surgery. Relatively simple
surgeries are undertaken at the local 'Fresh Start Host
Hospital' and for major specialised surgeries patients are
either brought to advanced 'Fresh Start Flagship Hospital' at
Bombay or are sent to 'Fresh Start select Hospitals' of
excellence at USA or other Countries. "Fresh Start
Surgical Gifts" provides the necessary pre surgery
assessment, surgeries and post operative follow up
examinations. Patients only from economically / socially
under-privileged class are being operated upon in these
operative sessions are. Various kinds of surgeries are
performed by "Fresh Start Surgical Gifts"
professional team including ear deformities, webbed fingers,
cleft lip, cleft palate major birth defects, craniofacial
anomalies, and microsurgical reconstruction and burn injuries.
Number of patients suffering and attending to these operative
sessions is so high that it is difficult to attend to all of
them at the same time. To solve this problem Fresh Start
categorises the patients in to the following:
Pre-school(Below 5 years)
The problems are divided into:
1. Acquired (burns, accidents, etc.)
2. Congenital (since birth)
3. Interfering with day to day life
4. Not interfering with day to day life
Priority is given to children and to the problems interfering
with day-to-day life. While doctors help these patients to
solve their medical problems, the social workers help them
cope with social and psychological problems.
Most of these patients are daily wage earners, who earn
anything between Rs. 30 to Rs. 50 a day (around 1.00 US $).
With this meagre income the whole family is taken care of. On
an average, the expenditure for surgery for a case of cleft
lip is about Rs.15,000/- (350 US $) and for burn injuries
between Rs.35,000/- to 60,000 (800 to 1500 US $),depending
upon the injury.
This amount is beyond their reach. Indifference towards their
sufferings on the part of the society and the social ostracism
due to deformities has forced them to suffer in isolation.
Some of them are so helpless and are in such miserable
condition that before reaching Fresh Start, they had attempted
When the earthquake in Gujarat on 26th Jan 2001 shook the
whole World, Dr. Ashok Gupta decided to help the victims and
under the banner of "Fresh Start Surgical Gifts"
operated upon the victims free of charge.
Till date "Fresh Start Surgical Gifts" has been able
to give a fresh start to about 350 patients. Now Fresh Start
holds regular free operative session at Amravati, Akola,
Mumbai and Ludhiana. In Bombay it is a regular feature in Dr.
Gupta's private clinic, where patients are examined and are
operated free of charge on every 1st and 3rd Friday of the
month. "Fresh Start Surgical Gifts" India Chapter is
now planning to start operative sessions at Rajasthan and
Gujarat as well at the Republic of Yemen, Bangla Desh and Sri
Lanka with the help of "Fresh Start Host Hospitals".
Since "Fresh Start Surgical Gifts" India chapter had
started working at a larger scale, more and more doctors and
volunteers started joining hands with Dr. Gupta from different
parts of the country. Doctors from Bombay, Amravati, Ludhiana,
Gwalior, Akola and also U.S.A. joined his team of Fresh Start
Volunteers. Many Nurses, Medical assistants and social
different walks of life / professions started extending help
to the activities of "Fresh Start Surgical Gifts".
Today the "Fresh Start Surgical Gifts" team consists
of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgeons, General Surgeons,
Orthopaedic Surgeons, Uro-surgeons, Neuro Surgeons,
Anaesthesiologists, Nurses and a score of Health \ Paramedical
\ Social Volunteers. A number of Volunteers were invited to
join the organization and a few were given certain office
responsibilities as below:
Aim - F. S. S. G. is a voluntary organization, which aims to
reach out tothe economically weaker section of the society
& provide them with the facilities of modern
reconstructive surgery. This includes primarily children &
other's who suffer from deformities caused by birth
defects,injuries accidents & burn injuries. F. S. S. G.
aims to raise funds for supporting the activities by
organizing charity shows. The proceeds from these shows would
be directed for the operative sessions organized in different
states of India.
The Team Work - The India chapter of F. S. S. G. is led &
guided by Dr. Ashok Gupta. The Team of doctors who offer their
voluntary services to F. S. S. G. consists of Plastic
surgeons, Orthopedic surgeons Neurologists, Pediatricians
there are other volunteers from different professions such as
Nurses, Teachers, Students, Models, Artists etc.
Resources - Raising funds is a difficult task since we are
registered under the Bombay Trust Act 1950. We do accepts
donations. Besides, there are Industrialists & Businessmen
who either adopt individual surgeries or adopt the entire
operative session (lasting for 2-3 days).
We certainly need more funds to continue, the society
selflessly or with this aim of serving the economically under
privileged section of our society.
People Benefited - Each operative session of F. S. S. G.
brings smile in the life of at a least 30-40 people. While
working F. S. S. G. emphases more on quality than on quantity.
There is a system of pre & post operation examination
& follow up. Before each surgery all the tests are
conducted to ensure safety of the lives of the patients &
after the surgery proper care is taken by the local doctors.
Finance Required - Each surgery with complications like Cleft
Lip / Palate costs about Rs. 10-15,000/- & other burn
injuries, deformities cost Rs. 30 - 40,000/- per patient. This
definitely requires more support & generosity from those
who are blessed with sound financial conditions OR rich &
affluent section of our society.
Progress Report 2002 - 2003
We happy to confirm following various activities conducted
under the banner of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts in India for
the period from January 02 to March 03.
1. First Surgical Session was held at Ayurvedic Mahavidyalaya
at Amravati between 4th January 2002 to 6th January 2002,
during which 21 patients were operated, wherein various
Plastic Surgery procedures under the guidance of Dr. Ashok
Gupta and the team were undertaken.
2. Simultaneously, another Surgical Session held at Shriram
Hospital Akola & Civil Hospital at Akola wherein, 31
patients were operated upon and 105 patients were evaluated
for various surgeries.
3. 16 patients were evaluated for various Plastic Surgery
procedures at the Institute Plastic, Aesthetic and Laser
Surgery at Bombay and a total of 10 were operated upon.
4. 71 patients were evaluated for various Plastic Surgery
procedures at a number of above mentioned centers and were
operated upon at the Bombay Hospital & Medical Research
5. A surgical session was conducted at Smt. Parasanben
Narandas Ramji Shah Society For Relief & Rehabilitation of
the Disabled at Bhavnagar,wherein 78 patients were evaluated
for various Plastic Surgery procedures 25 patients were
operated between 25th October to 27th October 02.
6. A surgical session was held at Ayurvedic Mahavidyalaya at
Amravati between 21st February 2003 to 22nd February 2003,
wherein 100 patients were evaluated and 36 patients were
operated upon for various Plastic Surgery procedures.
7. A Surgical Session at Institute of Aesthetic Plastic
Surgery was held between 23rd April to 25th April 2003,
wherein 10 patients were evaluated and 3 patients were
operated upon for Plastic Surgery Procedures.
8. A Surgical & Diagnostic Session at Smt. Parasanben
Narandas Ramji Shah Society For Relief & Rehabilitation of
the Disabled, Bhavnagar between 27th June to 29 June 2003.
9.. A Surgical Session at Institute of Aesthetic Plastic
Surgery on 11th July 2003 to 13th July 2003.
Planned activities for Dec. 04
1. A Grand Surgical & Diagnostic Session at Ayurvedic
Mahavidyalaya at Amravati between 30th November 2004 to 4th
2. A Surgical & Diagnostic Session is planned at Smt.
Parasanben Narandas Ramji Shah Society For Relief &
Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Bhavnagar in December 2004.
3. A Surgical & Diagnostic Session is planned at Shree
Kalyan Arogya Sadan, Sikar, Rajasthan, in December 2004.
Over and above these, surgeries are being performed regularly
on going basis at Institute of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery,
Bombay Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Mumbai,
Dayanand Medical Collage & Hospital, Ludhiana &
Ayurvedic Mahavidyalay Amravati.