Refused By Many Doctors, A Young Patient Finally Smiles
This is the success story of a young mother of a 3 year old child who underwent laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery in 2016 after being refused by many surgeons as shared through her letter:
Dear Dr. Baiju
Before saying that you are an extraordinary doctor, I want to tell you that you are an extraordinary human being too. Thank you for your care and concern.
Before initial symptoms, my life was busy with my family and my job.
In July 2015, suddenly one day, I experienced severe headache and vomiting.. When I went to the Doctor she said it was probably food infection and there was no need to worry.
But the medicines that were prescribeddid not cure me. I often experienced giddiness, vomiting and diarrhea. I couldn’t concentrate on my job and had to frequently request for leaves.
My health was deteriorating day by day. I was on several prescribed medicines but they seemed to have no effect.
My concerns about my health grew when I started going to the washroom more than 10- 13 times a day and would always feel tired.
In October 2015, I experienced severe pain in passing stools and observed blood inmy stools.Later, it became difficult to take food.
In May 2016, I met a well-known doctor who investigated my condition and said that I was on death rowand advised me to move to India as soon as possible.
My husband and I were devastated. The question in front of us was who would take care of my 3 years old son.
Meanwhile I started to vomit blood. I couldn’t bear my pain and lost all my strength to suffer the illness any longer.
On June 4th 2016, we landed in India and on June 6thI met my family Doctor who asked me toget admittedto the hospital where I underwenta CT scan and Colonoscopy along with some other tests.
Finally, I learnt that I had cancer. My family Doctorasked me to go to the Regional Cancer Center.One of the doctors there said no treatment could improve my life as I did not have the strength to overcome the pain of surgery. Hence it would be a waste of money to continue treatment. All I was hearing were negative words.
Then my family Doctor suggested that I meetyou.
June 22nd2016 – I will never forget the day I met you.
You did not utter a single negative word. You explained to me that I was sufferingfrom rectal cancer along with a condition called FAP which was to do with certain type of polyps.
I had approached many doctors but they refused to operate on me. By the time I had met you, I had lost all hope. Yourkind and positive wordsgave me hope.
Your detailed explanation on what would happen before, during and after surgery reassured me and reduced my anxiety to a great extent and helped me to approach the surgery with a optimistic frame of mind.
On June 23rd 2016 you performed laparoscopiccancer surgery on my diseased colon and rectum and as per your advice I also underwent radiation and chemotherapy.
I remember clearly that I felt minimal pain during recovery and I later learnt that the incisions were unbelievably small, due to the keyhole approach.
Besides your exceptional skill, your humble, sincere and friendly nature is what sets you apart and that is what made it possible for me to face this difficult phase of my life
Now everything is going well for me. My hopeless condition is changed to hopeful.
Thank you so much Dr Baiju. God’s grace worked to bring us to you and you will always hold an important place in our life. .
We wish you success in all your future endeavours.