Medicine

The simple joy of food!

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I heard it once again on FM– the show ‘kya baat kar rahe ho?’ a girl had to wait for 12 years to open her mouth.
 
No doubt, that this had been a pretty rare case, but to hear it again and again through different mediums, just tells us what we as humans are capable of achieving.
 
The girl is 14 now. She is more than happy as she can eat (read: chew) whatever she likes. Ness, a Nigerian had flown down to Mumbai with a disorder called Mandibular Joint dysfunction.
 
It was an accident that led to such complication. When Ness was 2 yrs old she had fallen and got a jerk in her jaw which was not visible or painful at that time. But slowly with her age, her mouth opening became smaller and one fine day Ness stopped eating solid food.
 
This created a lot of worries in her family, seeing that a child could not even consume basic solid food. It made them run here and there, in search of a solution so that Ness could leave a normal life & enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Eating food was one of her top priorities.
 
 
Thankfully, Ness and her family found a very good maxillofacial surgeon in Mumbai who specialized in treating such kind of defects. Over a period of time, with all the facilities & equipment’s made available, the surgery was successfully performed.
 
Finally after a long wait of 12 years, she was able to open her mouth and enjoy her long outstanding desire – that to have good solid food!
 
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Sakshi, a kidney & the super granny!

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Grannies are often the first source of comfort for a kid in an extended family.

It happens at times, without us even knowing – how much we learn, we become – a crystallized metaphor of our previous generations.

Humans have progressed rapidly in the past few decades & so have the complexities of life. Grannies having have lived through this evolutionary phase have given us wonderful insights – mostly bedtime stories – stories in our memories forever.

Then there are super grannies!

Grannies who have gone out of the way to achieve fame, achieve positions.

And then, there are grannies who have given a new lease of life to her grandchild.

This is the story of Sakshi. Sakshi & her super granny.

Barely 9 years old, Sakshi started facing problems.

Health problems.

Serious health problems!

Imagine, being unable to attend school, play with friends, watch TV & have doctors visit your home fairly regularly. Chronic kidney failure, was identified as the root cause – dialysis first & then the harrowing search for a donor. It was billed as a tough task for young Sakshi, but for her granny.

Not her mother, not her father was able to match the requirements for their daughter, seeing which the family Patrician stood up & willingly proved to be a match for the family’s angel.

Such organ donation cases are the need of an hour, such stories that offer a ray of hope, motivation to those who have this concept in mind but take too much time to convert it on paper and above all SAVE LIVES!

Peanuts! Are you nuts?

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Peanuts have always been millions of Indian’s favourite munching pass time. Never would one imagine that apart from suffering from allergic reactions, one can also suffer a near fatal heart attack.
 
Until that is, this case came to light. The story of a 2 year old, Krishna Yadav who almost choked, nibbling peanuts. Not only did these little pieces of peanuts obstruct his airways, but also led to the toddler suffer a heart attack. Thankfully, a cosmopolitan city like Mumbai has a very good bank of doctors with equipment readily available at their disposal for life saving surgeries across the city in leading private & public hospitals.
 
When we have such safe hands, there is always hope. Hope that rests soundly among the medical community – who have devotedly given their time in saving other’s life and continue to do so.