Founding Day ​

Dr. Mary Verghese receiving the Padma Shri Award from
His Excellency the then President of India,
Dr. V. V. Giri on March 25, 1972

May 26 has been chosen as the Founding Day for The Spinal Foundation, as it is the birthday of Padma Shri Dr Mary Verghese, an alumnus of Christian Medical College, Vellore, a great doctor, and the visionary who championed India’s first specialised center for rehabilitation 50 years ago and the first in-patient Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department in India at CMC Vellore. She became a paraplegic in a road accident in 1954 and a wheelchair user for life.

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