Every new day comes with a new set of challenges. While health is one of
the most important parts of our lifestyle, it is the community of doctors
that are regarded as our true companions to lead a better life. Recently,
when I heard about the cases on attacks on doctors, social media was
flooded with opinions and messages regarding their experiences with
doctors. In the light of this incident, I felt the urge to write this
article and share my experience.
The incident occurred when a family member was suffering from multiple
disorders and ailments and had to be hospitalized. Suffering from a high
fever due to underlying valvular heart problems and infection of the valves
of the heart (Infective Endocarditis) my brother in law required immediate
medical attention and was admitted into Sahyadri Hospital on Karve Road. He
underwent surgery and recovered within a month. However, the same would
have not been possible if it were not for the guidance of the doctors at
My uncle required various medicines, blood transfusions and medicines to
maintain his blood pressure for the infection and the heavy antibiotics
which were prescribed for the heart affected his kidneys. The need of the
hour was appropriate guidance and it was only under Dr. Rashida Melinkeri,
Physician & Cholesterol Specialist at Sahyadri Hospitals, that we were
able to control further damage. Dr. Melinkeri not only treated my brother
in law, but gave us new hope.
We were very happy with the treatment given at Sahyadri Hospitals. Due to
our financial constraints we shifted to Sassoon General Hospital, we were
in constant touch with our doctors who supported our decision. He required
ventilator support, dialysis and underwent valve replacement surgery by Dr.
Nityanand Thakur and to worsen the situation, he even developed pneumonia
while on the ventilator. However, we continued to seek advice and received
constant support from Dr. Melinkeri. She never declined to help us at any
time of the day.
It is very easy for us to blame doctors for their negligence and misbehave
with them, but we have seen doctors put their immense efforts in curing
patients and bringing them back from their deathbeds. Many times, the
patients often visit hospitals in critical conditions and experienced
doctors perform miracles quite often. They do try their best to help
patients, even in critical conditions. As a responsible citizen, we all
should respect their work and co-operate with them. Lifesaving is their
first and only priority but things sometimes go beyond their control for
which they should not be blamed or assaulted. I am grateful to the doctors
of both Sahyadri and Sassoon Hospital for standing with us and guiding us
through our difficult times.