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Surya brings back the smiles to their faces

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Kushboo conducted a `jackpot' quiz for cancer patients



SURPRISE VISIT: Actor Surya talking to a child during the Rose Day function at Apollo Specialities Hospital in Chennai on Wednesday. — Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

CHENNAI: The gift of time and attention is what film actors chose to give to patients at the Apollo Hospitals and the Adyar Cancer Institute.

The occasion was to observe Rose Day, remembered after Melinda Rose, a 14-year-old girl from Canada who died of Leukaemia.

"Almost a miracle"

Mathangi has been at the Apollo for the past 10 months. She would neither open her eyes nor smile. But it was almost a miracle doctors and nurses witnessed when she wouldn't stop smiling, eyes bright and shining on seeing actor Surya who visited her. Letting her hand slip beneath the tubes reaching her face from gadgets nearby, she even managed to give him a flying kiss.

Apollo's doctors and administrators note how it was a challenge to get a smile out of her in so many months. Surya did it in a day."

Earlier in the day, film actress Kushboo spread the fragrance of roses around the rooms at the Apollo Speciality Hospital, delighting patients and bringing a smile as broad as hers on their faces.

Kushboo did what she has become famous for these days - she conducted a `Jackpot' quiz for those undergoing treatment at Apollo. "During the fun round, she almost had the crowds playing out of her hands," said Neerja Malik, who heads the Apollo Cancer Support Group.

"A gratifying experience"

For Surya who spent time with Thevidu from Sri Lanka, Divya, Lakshmi, Lalithnath who gave him prasadam from Tirupati and baby Avinav, it was a gratifying experience. "Though it may be easy to send money or cheques to people who are sick, spending time with them and paying personal attention gives them the confidence and makes them feel happy," he said. "I was moved when some of the patients here said they were praying for the success of my films," said Surya who wants to pay more such visits.

The doctors informed that a 60-year-old lady who was supposed to be discharged on Wednesday refused to go home, as she wanted to see Kushboo, Surya and Abbas. Volunteers of Can-Stop, an outreach programme of the Sundaram Medical Foundation, brought gifts to cancer patients and presented roses too, Dr. Vijaya Bharathi Rangarajan, founder, said.

At the Adyar Cancer Institute, Udhavum Ullangal, organised a programme with actress Meena. S.P. Ambrose, Managing Editor of Adyar Times, Saravana Mahesh, Proprietor, The Grand Sweets and Snacks also participated.

Sanctuary, a Cancer Support Group celebrated Rose Day at the Cancer Institute with film Director Vishnu and film actor Arya met the children at the special ward and distributed sweets.

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