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Cerebral-palsy Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics Sports Injury

Adaptive Sports in Cerebral Palsy

On #WorldCPDay this year, amid the pandemic, we’ve managed to launch a new rehabilitation facility in association with Karunya MVRC, Palakkad, Kerala, India ( @Karunyamvrc on Twitter )

Kerala State loves Sports, and specially loves Football. We married care for children with Cerebral Palsy and Sports, to setup a one of a kind Adaptive Sports Environment where children would be trained with Physiotherapist’s support by well known Sports Coaches.

Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon’s service is also available to assess these children and triage then into various categories from where they can be rehabilitated.

Our Cerebral Palsy Adaptive Sports Team

Ms. Valarmathi- Physiotherapist


Mrs. Valarmathi- Senior Special Educator

Mr. Ravindran – Retd SI and Kerala, Police state and national team Football coach


Ms. Dhanya Ravi- Change Maker, mentor, PwD, National Award winner in the Role Model Category under Empowerment of People with Disability


Mr. Anudarsan – Director , Karunya Medical and Vocational Rehabilitation Center


Dr. Easwar TR Paediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Karunya MVRC Contact Details


Websitewww.kmvrc.in

Address: Karunya, Chenkol, Karingarapully, Palakkad 678551
Phone – 9061000101 /8590667698

What is Adaptive Sports ?

Adaptive Sports is a special type of Sports training given to children with special needs by adapting the requirements of sports to the specific difficulty the child faces.

This would often involve some change in rules, some Assistive device support, fall prevention and a completely tailored coaching system to enable the child to play effectively.

Why Adaptive Sports ?

Well known rehabilitation method for Cerebral Palsy is Physiotherapy. Often times children find repeated therapy sessions boring, painful at times and many fall out of care. We’ve seen this happen over the years.

Also, there are several limitations to traditional physiotherapy approach when given as a single rehabilitation modality.

Sports training allows much the same benefits of improved strength, coordination and improvement in function that we get out of Physiotherapy but also improves the quality of Physiotherapy session as the child is a willing participant because of the interest in sports.

What are the special challenges in setting up Adaptive Sports in India ?

Coaching for Adaptive Sports is a patient art and the skill is much in dearth. The Sports coach has to tailor his or her expectation to the unique medical issues of the child and training method is customised accordingly.

Often these children have profound muscle weakness, spasticity ( unusual tightness of the muscles ), contracture, ataxia ( issues with body balance ) and inability to selectively more a body part. These result in delayed improvement a ability to perform in Sports activity. These children need care and support of their team to get ahead.

The coach has to be understanding of all these aspects and train the child.

What have we launched in Palakkad ?

Details about our effort to train children in Adaptive Sports here :

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Cerebral-palsy Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics Spina Bifida

Rare Disease Day 2020 – CME at ICCONS, Kerala

Great program on #rare #genetic #disease at #iccons covering #neurogenetic disorders and it’s genetic basis.

Dr. Anitha PhD, Convenor of the CME on Rare Genetic Diseases speaking at the Inauguration
Handbook of Genetics by Dr. Anitha – book release

My talk of Cerebral Palsy and Genetic trends

I will be speaking on #cerebralpalsy and genetic trends this noon. Cerebral Palsy , while not under rare diseases does have some very interesting new genetic trends emerging which promises positivity in the care of these children.

Future Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic

I will also be interacting with doyens in field of Genetics in India and Paediatricians with experience in rare diseases to setup a rare Disease clinic at ICCONS that caters to Skeletal Dysplasia like Achondroplasia, Pseudo-Achondroplasia, Hypochondroplasia, SpondyloEpiphyseal Dysplasia etc..

Many of these disease are rare with rare mutations. Setting up a clinic with many specialists is very important to cater to this group comprehensively.

Today we take baby steps in this directions.

CME Programme for Rare Genetic Diseases

Dr. Anitha’s Book on Handbook of Medical Genetics

Dr. Anitha with her excellent resource book Handbook of Medical Genetics

@childortho https://t.co/u88Fh8D6wV

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Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery Cerebral-palsy Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics Spina Bifida Spine & Scoliosis Surgery Sports Injury

Comprehensive Pediatric Orthopedic, Cerebral Palsy and Spine Rehabilitation Centre and Palakkad, Kerala – Inauguration

Extremely happy to announce that we will be inaugurating our new comprehensive Spine & Pediatric Ortho Therapy centre at Palakkad.

Please find the invitation attached.

The rehab centre is fully equipped for Spine rehab, Pediatric Orthopedic rehabilitation with special focus of Pediatric Sports Injuries, Cerebral Palsy and Spine disorders.

Please find attached below the invitation for the event tomorrow, 04/01/2020 along with the services available there.

Malayalam Invitation Note and Brochures

Paediatric Orthopedic and Spine Clinic Announcement

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Cerebral-palsy Deformity Correction and Limb lengthening Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics Spina Bifida Spine & Scoliosis Surgery

International Day of Persons with Disability programme at ICCONS, Shoranur

Disability Day programmes we are organising at #ICCONS, #Shoranur, #Kerala

We are covering all levels and types of disabilities with medical camps, parent awareness and other community programmes designed to raise awareness, promote inclusiveness and improve accessibility to services.

This year we have an elaborate programme with Pediatric Orthopedic disability, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Hearing Disability, Genetic Disorders all included in the programme. Please find details below and do share among your groups.

Programme

Attaching the brochure below this with programme details.

International Day for Persons of Disability 2019
International Day for Persons of Disability 2019

Time and Place

Institute for Communicative and Cognitive Neurosciences , Shoranur , Palakkad

Phone : 0466-2224869

Email : icconssrr@gmail.com

Website : https://iccons.co.in

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Cerebral-palsy Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics

World Cerebral Palsy Day 2019 #GoGreen4CP

It’s October 3rd.

3 days to go

October 6th we will join the world at ICCONS, Shoranur , Kerala in celebrating #WorldCerebralPalsy day.

What we are lining up this month ..

We are starting the programme by joining the #GoGree4CP movement to dedicate ourselves to the care of #CerebralPalsy affect children.

We will be lighting up the entire building in green for the entire month and put prominent placards, posters and banners in local language of Malayalam and English to spread awareness about CerebralPalsy among general public.

Lined up after that is our free medical camps in both Paediatric Oethopaedics and Paediatric Neurology and Developmental Paediatrics along with cultural activities, parents education seminars, assistive technology programmes, research on Cerebral Palsy, Counselling for parents and other events.

We have dotted the events across this October to keep the awareness and dedication alive.

Attaching below is a poster and a banner of our medical camp and GoGreen4CP initiative.

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Art and Paintings Cerebral-palsy Open Source & Programming Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics

Tribute to the Eternal Mother – Digital #Art of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is such a difficult disease to handle and treat for the health care professionals.

The treatment process needs to take the parents and family members along so that these children get optimal care. It’s important to reinforce on the parents and lift their morale throughout the course of long and arduous treatment.

I routinely arrange seminars and medical camps and arrange public events in association with groups serving these children to help them and keep caregiver morale high. It’s a fight, a relentless fight against Cerebral Palsy.

It never ceases to amaze and move me that the mother , however humble or rich , illiterate or well educated, they may be cares for the child and stays with child through thick and thin.

Wacom One CTL and MyPaint on Linux works like it’s a match made in heaven.

My Digital Art on a mother caring for her child with Cerebral Palsy – Drawn using Wacom One CTL 472 and MyPaint Open Source Software.

This painting is part of the #ArztForACause fundraiser for children with Cerebral Palsy , Autism and Movement Disorders

She literally is the guiding light of the treatment, showing the way and proving that she’s the true representative of the all giving , ever loving Divine Mother

A Mother leading and lighting the way of care for her child with Cerebral Palsy – Digital #Art
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Cerebral-palsy Deformity Correction and Limb lengthening Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics Spine & Scoliosis Surgery

National Bone and Joint Day Celebrations 2019 – Free Orthopaedic Medical Camp at Palakkad, Kerala

We at the Palakkad Orthopaedic Club are organising a free medical camp on August 04th, 2019 to mark the celebrations of National Bone and Joint Day in 2019. We will be holding the medical camp at IMA Hall, Palakkad, Kerala on August 4th from 9.30 am – 02.00pm.

Dr. Tajan, President Palakkad Orthopaedic Club and Dr. V G Ponnirajan, Secretary, Palakkad Orthopaedic Club have been hard at work along with the other members of the local orthopaedic fraternity to organise this event.

We will be participating in this medical camp and are expecting a large turnout for the event. Brochures, Posters and Press release has been done and event has been publicised in the social media well so that maximum number of the deserving public can be reached.

Those seen at the camp and found eligible, free surgeries can be conducted at District Hospital and other local private hospital after screening. This ensures that the benefits of the event truly go to the deserving.

Please find below the poster for the event.

Bone and Joint Day Celebrations among Orthopaedic Surgeons, Palakkad, Kerala. We are organising a free medical camp
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Cerebral-palsy Deformity Correction and Limb lengthening Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics Spine & Scoliosis Surgery

Free Medical Camp for Paediatric Orthopaedic Deformities, Cerebral Palsy and Neurological disorders at Palakkad, Kerala

So happy that we’ve had a very successful #PediatricOrthopedic and #CerebralPalsy #Medical camp today at #Palakkad, #Kerala. This is one of a kind medical camp, parent education drive and cross speciality clinic that we’ve been hosting at Palakkad since 2014.

This is the 6th year of my setting up Paediatric Orthopaedic clinic here at Palakkad Cooperative Hospital, Kerala and patient awareness of the problem of Cerebral Palsy, ClubFoot has increased tremendously over these years.

Sevabharathi volunteers were as usual wonderful and committed. None of this would have been possible if not for the commitment of Biju Bhasker and his team of LifeCare Physiotherapy Centre at Palakkad, Kerala. He has been the main organising force behind this over the years.

Today we had a Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Velmurugan and Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Jaganandan join us for the camp. Both specialists are from Coimbatore. It was so nice of them to take time out and join our efforts.

With God’s grace we’ve been able to consistently raise the standard and tune the camp to make it more cross specialist so that patients can consult multiple specialists in the same visit. We try with every camp to make it better. I was discussing with Udayasankar CN of Sevabharathi, Palakkad that next camp should be much better in many ways.

I could identify some children who will require surgical procedure, plaster casts, Botox injections which could be funded, if approved, via the planned free surgery program at Palakkad for the #Bone and #Joint Day of #IndianOrthopaedicAssociation in the first week of August.

Attaching below some pictures of the event.

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Cerebral-palsy Deformity Correction and Limb lengthening Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics Spine & Scoliosis Surgery

Paediatric Orthopaedic and Cerebral Palsy Medical Camp

As planned we will be conducting the free #CerebralPalsy and #PaediatricOrthopaedic medical camp this month on 21st at Palakkad, Kerala. It will be held at Life Care Physiotherapy Clinic, Fort Maidan, Palak kar, Kerala.I will be examining children with orthopedic problems, limb deformities, birth deformities like #ClubFoot, Cerebral Palsy and Spine disorders like #Scoliosis.

Cerebral Palsy

Like last time this camp will be conducted in association with #SevaBharathi who will provide logistic support. A big thanks the people and volunteers of SevaBharathi who’ve been associated with this since last 3 years.The medical camp this time is further expanded to include Paediatric Neurologist, Paediatric Gastroenterologist who will also be participating.Attaching the poster for the event below.Please do share and spread the word.Thank you.Dr. Easwar TR.Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Cerebral-palsy Deformity Correction and Limb lengthening Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric Orthopedic & Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Trivandrum

This April I’d be starting my #Clubfoot clinic as part of the Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama Charitable Hospital, #Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

This hospital caters to poor patients in the city and a cost effective Clubfoot Clinic will add to the existing services run here.

Last month I had started my Paediatric Orthopaedic Clinic there officially and we plan to step up the services for Cerebral Palsy, Pediatric Sports Injuries and Pediatric Limb Deformities in coming months as more ancillary services are commissioned here.

Clubfoot Clinic at Thiruvanathapuram,Kerala

Pediatric Orthopedic & Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Thiruvanathapuram,Kerala

Do pass the news around to people who may benefit. Our main focus would be to keep it state of the art and cost effective.

Overtime we will add features to the clinic and ancillary services . Watch this space !!

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Cerebral-palsy Deformity Correction and Limb lengthening Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics Spina Bifida Spine & Scoliosis Surgery

A Combined Free Medical Camp for Pediatric Neurological and Pediatric Orthopedic Disorders :

Dream come true for me today.

After many years of work we finally have a #PediatricNeurologist ( Dr.Velmurugan, Hope Neuro Centre , Coimbatore ) (geared towards #DevelopmentalNeurology), Occupational Therapists, #Pediatrician (Dr. Lakshmi, Coimbatore), #Psychiatrist(Dr. Sajal), #Psychologist joining our team to treat Developmental Neurological issues in Children and Cerebral Palsy.

This is the first day of two day free medical camp. First day is dedicated to the neurological issues in children like #Autism, #Seizure disorders and second day for #PediatricOrthopedic Diseases, Limb Deformities like #ClubFoot and #CerebralPalsy.

This was in organised in association with #Sevabharathi who has been most kind in donating money, arranging volunteers etc.. The premises itself is a Lifecare Physiotherapy clinic of Biju Bhasker at #Palakkad, #Kerala.

Most kind have been Sevabharathi, it’s volunteers and Dr. Sreeram Sankar without whom this wouldn’t be possible. When me and Mr.Biju approached them with the idea 2 years ago they had a kind heart to go ahead and help us with much needed sponsorship and man power.

Watch this space. The next event would be bigger and better !!

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Cerebral-palsy Deformity Correction and Limb lengthening Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics

What is Pediatric Orthopedics and what are the common diseases – a Q & A

Recently gave an interview to a popular news channel in #Kerala in #Malayalam.

The topic was “Common Children’s Orthopedic Disorders and Cerebral Palsy”.

It’s is in an interview format with patients who are interested phoning in the channel to discuss some of their doubts about these disease conditions.

The idea was to take up and discuss the most common children’s bone diseases that parents would need guidance on like Bow Legs, Knock Knees, Club Foot, TB infection of Bones, Perthes Disease of hip, Cerebral Palsy and interact with patients who may phone in.

Common Bone and Joint Problems in Children and Cerebral Palsy

(This interview would be in the local language of Kerala State, Malayalam )

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Cerebral-palsy Deformity Correction and Limb lengthening Pediatric Orthopedics Spina Bifida Spine & Scoliosis Surgery

Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Dear Friends ,

I have great pleasure to announce that along with the launch of a Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama Charitable Hospital , Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala I am also starting an exclusive Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic.

This will cater to children suffering with bone and joint disorders, congenital deformities like Club Foot, Flat foot, Knock Knees and Bow legs among many others. Treatment advise for Spine problems in children like spina bifida, congenital and idiopathic scoliosis are also offered.

I am hereby attaching a video clip showing the many clinical conditions for which services are being offered here.

This hospital being a charitable one caters to the poor and these services would be of benefit to many.

Kindly share among your friends so that people are aware of the new service.

Dr. Easwar TR
Pediatric Orthopedic & Spine Surgeon

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Cerebral-palsy General Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric Orthopedic & Cerebral palsy Clinic at Thiruvananthapuram

Dear Friends,

I’m extremely happy to inform you that I am starting a Pediatric Orthopedic and Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama Charitable Hospital, Shasthamangalam, Thiruvanathapuram.

Please find below the video announcement of the same.

Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

This is a subsidised care hospital which will serve the poor and help establish a sustainable care for children with Movement disorders, Cerebral Palsy and other Pediatric Orthopedic problems.

Appointments can be taken at the numbers or email listed below.

Phone No : 
0471 – 2722125, 2727607, 2726603, 2722535, 2722531, 2722532, 2725537, 2727393

FAX :

0471 – 2313502

Email : 

thiruvananthapuram@rkmm.org,

info@ramakrishnaashramahospital.com

Dr. Easwar TR
Pediatric Orthopedic & Spine Surgeon

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Art and Paintings Cerebral-palsy General Pediatric Orthopedics

#ArtForACause #Wayanad

#Wayanad.
Acrylic on Canvas Board with Palette Knife.
My first with Palette knife and acrylic. A demanding media requiring quick work. I think I fared all right for a first!

This painting is part of #ArtForACause fundraising series with Dr Sekar Michael and Dr. PA Suresh at ICCONS , #Shoranur for children suffering from #CerebralPalsy ,#Autism and #MovementDisorders

#Art

#Painting

#Fundraising

Wayanad Acrylic on Canvas with Palette Knife #ArtForACause

#Art
#Painting

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Art and Paintings Cerebral-palsy General Orthopedics Others Pediatric Orthopedics

#ArtForACause a Painting project by Doctors for fundraising

Delighted to announce an Art Project with Dr. Suresh (Director , Neurologist , ICCONS) , Dr. Sekar Michael ( Pediatric Anesthetist, ICCONS) and Dr. Easwar TR (Pediatric Orthopedic & Spine Surgeon , ICCONS) as fund raising campaign for treatment of children with #CerebralPalsy, Movement Disorders, Chronic Pain and #Autism. This will be an ongoing project.

First day was today. Wonderful experience at ICCONS, Shoranur.

Lovely to see that many of the staff from Speech and Audiology participated as well.

We plan to improve this in the next iteration and pool all the paintings we paint ( Dr. Suresh, Dr. Sekar and myself ) to help build a fundraiser.

We will be holding these painting sprints at frequent intervals.

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ArtForACause

#Art

#Painting

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Cerebral-palsy Deformity Correction and Limb lengthening Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics

#WorldCerebralPalsyDay event !! – wonderful experience at #Palakkad, #Kerala

It was a wonderful experience to be part of the team that organised #WorldCerebralPalsyDay event to bring parents, children, caregivers, NGOs, Doctors, Therapists, Counsellors together for a day and have fun and enrich themselves.

The event was organised by Lifecare #Physiotherapy Centre, #Palakkad, Kerala along with #Sevabharathi, #Kerala at Thrupthi Hall in the centre of town.

The choice of centre was superb as it was right in centre of town allowing easy transit for children coming in from rural areas and those with limited mobility.

We assembled at the centre around 10 am and crowd had already trickled in at that time. In another hour about 40 children, parents, caregivers and health care professionals had assembled. The inauguration was a minimal affair with Dr. Sreeram Shankar starting the welcome address with respects paid to the almighty and the parents who had taken time to get here. This was followed by a medical camp by me, a painting competition and a singing competition for the children. There was a talk after that by Dr. Deepa, Psychaitrist, District Hospital, Palakkad which was followed by my parental awareness on treating #CerebralPalsy children.

Cerebral Palsy Event inaugural address by Mr. Kalyanaraman, Palakkad, Sevabharathi

It was a red-alert day in many places for #Kerala because of fear of inclement weather. However, rain stayed away largely apart from slight drizzle. That was a relief.

About 40 children took part in the celebrations, competitions, talks and counselling sessions. It was well appreciated by all, many who are experiencing this for the first time.

Positive vibes which would rub off into the child’s care was the key. Parents took strength from one another and participated in the awareness session. Many misconceptions about Cerebral Palsy, Seizure Disorder, Autism, Global Developmental Delay were cleared.

We are planning sessions throughout this month and hopefully improve the quality and participation of these events in the next iteration.

 

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Cerebral-palsy Deformity Correction and Limb lengthening Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics

World #CerebralPalsy Day – October 6, 2018

#WorldCerebralPalsyDay is afoot. Like last year, I am planning to conduct month long events across Palakkad and Shoranur to raise parental awareness on treatment of #CerebralPalsy.

Most of the parents who come for care of their children come late, unfortunately with joint contractures, hip subluxations, alteration in knee mechanics and foot deformities. Aside from these the problems these children have with upper limbs, hands and doing activities.

Many of these children have uncontrolled seizures, terrible difficulties communicating, speaking out their issues apart from ambulation.  Ambulation may in fact be least of their issues. This sad fact goes to show how important early referral is and how important it is to enroll the child under a care of a Pediatric Neurologist, Pediatric Physiotherapist who can then co-ordinate care with their colleagues in Pediatric Orthopedics, Pediatric Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Audiology etc ..

Cerebral Palsy care is a great team effort. No part of the team is greater than other, but the role of the General Practitioner / Pediatric Medicine Doctor, Pediatric Physiotherapist is central, at least in India. They determine the sole referral entity, a person with whom the parents spend their maximum time and trust with. They are the ones in whom they confide most of their issues with.

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a wonderful concept to reinforce these simple care giving principles. Parent education and empowerment being central to the cause of care of these children. Like 2017, we are organising activities across the district of Palakkad – in Palakkad town and neaby rural areas and Shoranur town to educate parents and also conduct early detection and intervention camps to identify children who need care.

World Cerebral Palsy Day – at Palakkad and Shoranur, 2018

Activities planned :

  • Free medical camps for underpriviliged children
  • Special clinics with Gait Analysis
  • Funded Orthotic programme for poor children
  • Pediatric Physiotherapy advice
  • Custom made Wheel Chair fitting
  • Parent awareness of Cerebral Palsy – lectures and symposias in rural areas
  • Notices and public handouts to improve general awareness
  • Involvement of other NGOs , social service organisations to improve public outreach

These activities would be done throughout Ocotober 2018 under aegis of the Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Rajiv Gandhi Cooperative Hospital & Research Centre and ICCONS, Shoranur

Contact Numbers for Clinic bookings  and more information:

  1. Rajiv Gandhi Cooperative Hospital, Kallekkad, Palakkad : 0491-250-9000
  2. ICCONS, Shoranur, Palakkad                                                   : 0466-222-4869
  3. Contact me                                                                                  : EMAIL

 

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