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October 2016

Mariappa has a new lease on life



East Tamaki Healthcare patient and Papatoetoe resident Mariappa Goundar was working as a machine operator when he developed back pain. After having surgery on his back, Mariappa could walk slowly and do a little exercise.


But six months later, the pain returned and a pinched disc was found. Surgery was ruled out due to the risk of further nerve damage. Mariappa could no longer work and was in continuous pain.


“Waking up in the morning was so hard, it was really tough,” Mariappa recalls.

“I could not breathe properly. When I went to the doctor, I couldn’t sit down because of the pain,” he says.


From Mariappa’s back pain stemmed depression, stress and anxiety. On the advice of his GP, Mariappa enrolled in the Mindfulness and Awareness Aotearoa programme and he now has a new lease on life. Read more