Dr. S Kumar
“Compared to other phototherapy, Brilliance is far more effective and user-friendly,” reports Dr. S. Kumar, a doctor in a government hospital in Tamil Nadu, India. Doctors around the world use the Bhutani Nomogram (pictured here), to assess a newborn’s risk for developing hyperbilirubinemia and determine appropriate treatment measures, including phototherapy.
Devi is a young mother whose baby girl was suffering severe jaundice. After three days under a CFL device at a government hospital in Tamil Nadu, India, her baby’s condition had not improved. The baby was then moved to a double-sided Brilliance device and within four days, her bilirubin levels were brought down to a normal range. Much to her mother’s relief, the baby was finally out of danger.
Kamal was the very first patient to be fit with a JaipurKnee. Previously, Kamal used a bamboo staff to get around. Using the staff caused spinal misalignment and severely calloused hands. After being fit with the JaipurKnee, Kamal got a job at BMVSS serving patients waiting for treatment—a job his previous assistive device would have not have permitted him to do.
Sonu Kumar hurt his leg in a traffic collision in 2008, and was fit with a JaipurKnee at BMVSS when he was 20 years old. He’s an electrician and was able to almost double his income (from 2,500 RS/mo. to 4,000 RS/mo.) after receiving his JaipurKnee. Watch Sonu ride a bike here.
Baby Hope was the first baby treated with Brilliance. He weighed less than 3 lbs. at birth and was so jaundiced that he required an exchange transfusion. Fearing that the baby would not survive the transfusion, his pediatrician decided to use Brilliance instead. After one night under Brilliance, Baby Hope's bilirubin levels dropped by a third, and he no longer required an exchange transfusion.
Andres lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, but despite the accident he remains a motorcycle enthusiast. Before being fit with his Jaipur Knee, Andres would ride using his crutch on the peddle. Andres was determined to take advantage of the physical therapy offered to master his new prosthetic.
Many nurses and doctors have found that using Brilliance has decreased the time that babies need to spend in phototherapy. Dr. Jain, a doctor at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh, commented: “When I want quicker results… I use Brilliance LED and find it to be very successful.” Decreased treatment times means babies can be reunited and bonding with their mothers sooner.
Vishamber was 13 years old when he was walking by the side of the road and got hit by a truck. Since being fit with his JaipurKnee in 2009 at BMVSS, Vishamber has been able to participate in the daily activities of his family, including farming. Much of Vishamber’s income after his fitting went towards loan repayments for his amputation surgery.
Purnima was 18 years old and studying to be an engineer when she was in a car accident that killed her younger brother and took her right leg. After her surgery, Purnima and her father traveled over 12 hours by train to the BMVSS clinic where she was fit with her JaipurKnee. After receiving her knee, she planned to return to school and complete her degree.
Eight-year-old Amin lost his leg in a 2009 collision while riding on the back of his father's motorcycle. He arrived at BMVSS in 2011 wearing a leg unit that was difficult to use and too heavy for Amin's frame. As he practiced his first steps after being fit with the JaipurKnee, Amin smiled shyly and told us, "This feels comfortable." Within hours, he was walking smoothly.
Nurse Rebecca has worked in maternity wards for over 25 years, and is a big fan of Brilliance. She used Brilliance at the hospital she worked at previously, and when she was hired by her current employer in Chennai, India as one of a new hospital's founding nurses, she requested a Brilliance unit for the ward. “I like it,” she says. “Very easy to use.”
Mr. Rajindra was 16 when he was hit while riding on the back of a motorcycle and lost his leg. Before being fit with his JaipurKnee, he wore an exoskeletal knee for 15 years. Mr. Rajinda arrived at BMVSS wearing a stern expression, but a quiet smile lit up his face when he first put on his Jaipur Knee. Shortly after being fitted with his knee, Mr. Rajindra got a job as an electrician.
Kerala Public Hospital
This baby is being treated with one of three Brilliance units that a public hospital in Kerala, India purchased for its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that opened in August 2013.
Dr. Singh, a doctor who practices in Bihar, one of India's poorest and most populous states, has been pleased with the impact of his Brilliance unit: “[Brilliance] serves my purpose. I’m quite happy with it.”
Agung was fit with the ReMotion Knee v3 in 2013. Agung was managing a construction site and the ReMotion Knee gave him the mobility and confidence to traverse unstable, uneven terrain and ride his scooter to and from job sites. For more about Agung, including a video of him walking with his ReMotion Knee, click here.
South African Hospital
This Level 2 hospital, located in the Gauteng province in South Africa, serves a population of over 900,000 and handles about 400 deliveries per month. The doctors used a Brilliance unit for a month and saw treatment times go from 1-2 weeks with their existing fluorescent tube devices to 2-3 days with Brilliance. The hospital has since purchased 15 units for use in its NICU.
A physician in Bihar, Dr. Choudhary was so pleased with the Brilliance unit that he bought that he planned to buy a second unit once his clinic expanded: "This unit is very good. Results were excellent."