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I braved death, and came out more determined to heal people and help them live, says Mumbai Pulmonologist-Mumbai News

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After almost two and a half months of caring for Kovid-19 patients at Lilavat Hospital, I experienced these symptoms for the first time. The 11th. I started coming back in June and my body hurt, without fever, cough or shortness of breath.

After taking a dose of ivermectin and doxycycline my weakness increased and one night I felt like I was going to die. It was the 13th. June, when the Lilavac administration rushed me to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). I didn’t know what was going on and my situation was getting worse and worse. I never thought I’d make it.

A day later I saw my wife being taken to intensive care, in the bed next to mine.

I’ve been thinking about my son and wondering: What should I tell him if something happens to his mother? What about me? That one thought gave me the strength to fight. I wanted to get out of that room. The ICU, which has become a mess.

What was once a good, clean and pleasant place was wrestling with overworked nurses who spent countless hours on remand without water, tea, coffee and, worse, without going to the toilet. Only two or three people have to tidy up and leave the bedding for 48 beds. Hats off to them to do this day after day, beyond their lives, at the risk of being infected and without complaining. Patients in intensive care are treated equally and given the necessary care and medication, regardless of whether they are rich or poor or have a religion.

Dr. Jalil Parkar
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After taking Yves Rotsezulimab and Yves Remdezivir with me for the next ten days, I finally went home. Unfortunately, my doctor colleague who came to see me is now taking my bed.

This experience made me think and react to all the outside noise.

First of all, the government should no longer go after private institutions that bleed and really help by providing the necessary medicines that are not available. Do you want this facility shut down?

Patients want to request certain medications, even though they have been rescued, according to the guidelines of the ICMR [Indian Medical Research Council]. Is that fair? Especially if there is no vaccine or fixed treatment that can be applied to all patients?

I also think that, given the extraordinary work they do, the hospital management should consider promoting Kovid 19’s primary care workers, such as boys and ward nurses.

There is too much stigma attached to Kovid – housing corporations that are arrogant and exploit their position of power by preventing domestic workers, shopkeepers and other critical workers from visiting people who really need help. They prevent people from living a normal life. I call on the authorities, the police and the ministers to look after these people.

Today, while I am still in bed at home, I get calls to prescribe treatment and go to the hospital for help. I am grateful for the prayers and blessings of my people and the hospital management that kept my wife and I alive.

I hope to recover quickly and get up again to serve people, to help them live. But I hope we can change some things to help us through this difficult phase. I dared to die and decided to do what I left behind: heal people and help them live.

(Dr. Jalil Parkar, Respirologist, Department of Breast Health, Lilavat Hospital and Research Centre)

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