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6 days ago

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We were saddened today to hear that Anna Gupta passed away yesterday at the age of 97. Anna's daughter, Jaya, was able to be with her and said she passed away peacefully. For those in North America, the funeral will be in Windsor, Ontario on Saturday November 10 at Anderson Funeral Home, Ouellette Ave. at 1PM. Visitation will be on Fri. Nov 9 in the same location, 11AM to 1PM, and 4 to 6PM. For further details, please go the Anderson Funeral Home website. Please keep Jaya in your prayers. ... See MoreSee Less

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7 days ago

Vellore Ludhiana Committee of Canada

A wonderful post about William & Zelma Virgin and their work in India and CMC Ludhiana.Leaving a secure position in Liverpool, England; a good prospect in Canada, traveling to the Distant hospital in North India, limited by its shortage of staff, funds, infrastructure; and being tasked to upgrade it, must have daunted lesser men. Dr. Bill Virgin and his wife Zelma traveled to India in 1948 answering the call and practicing his belief that “when you see a need, you go ahead and do something about it”.
In 1948 the Indian government decreed that the medical work at Ludhiana must be upgraded to College Status as an affiliate of the University of Punjab, or the Hospital as a teaching institute would have to cease to operate.
Dr. Virgin’s faith in his creator and the power of prayer always allowed him to welcome the many challenges thrown at him with grace; be it, overcoming the physical frailties of his childhood, surviving world wars in the subcontinent, upgrading the Government Medical School at Dhaka, or the loss of his son. His faith and passion enabled him in guiding the efforts of the institute and fulfilling his task of finally establishing the Christian Medical College & Hospital in Ludhiana on firm ground.
Along with Ron Garst, an American Orthopedist; Bill Virgin helped establish the department of orthopedic surgery at the Christian Medical College & Hospital at Ludhiana; as the finest in the country. He never gave up on his patients and the most telling examples of his persistence were the many patients with paraplegia he helped get better at a time when spine surgery was at its infancy.
The extent of the department’s good work is best understood by the efforts and distance patients covered, to be operated at Ludhiana. Relatives approached the engine driver of the Frontier Mail Train at the Bombay Main Terminal and said to him, “Sir we have our patient with us on his charpoy, He has been paralyzed for several months in both legs. We understand that in the north of India is a hospital where they treat our type of patient. If we ride your train, will you put us off at the right station?” “Certainly,” responded the driver, “put your patient on this train.” The train set off from Bombay, and about 800 miles further on reached Ludhiana. The driver went back to the 3rd class compartment, found the family and their patient and told them, “This is the place. Put your patient on a tonga, and ask for the Brown Hospital. They will fix your patient if it is possible.” Such was the reputation!.
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery today includes specialists in the fields of foot and ankle, hand, hip and knee, oncology, pediatrics, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine, and trauma. Zelma too was feisty in her faith and worked extensively in spreading the good news. She began the lending library, on a mobile cart which is still maintained by the chaplaincy. The Christian Medical College & Hospital remains grateful and thanks God for Bill Virgin, wife Zelma & his family for the faithful service rendered here for many years in God’s name, truly reflecting “ My Work Is For A King”
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2 weeks ago

Vellore Ludhiana Committee of Canada

Calling all CMC Vellore alumni. We have some historic photos from Jaya Gupta, Anna Gupta's daughter. We'd like some help in identifying some or all of the people in them. Please check them out and let us know who you see. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a quick note to say that Bill & Doug Virgin will be interviewed by Soloman Naz on Vision TV this Saturday morning at 9AM, Toronto time. ... See MoreSee Less

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Please pray for and attend if possible. Share this with friends and contacts! ... See MoreSee Less

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