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Lost mom to Covid, AIIMS doc appeals for vaccination

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Dr Deepak Gupta with his mother.

 Rohit Shishodia
There cannot be a bigger loss than losing one's mother. The loss haunts a person for life if he has lost his mother to corona due to which the children cannot see, touch and serve her. Her children kept craving even to get a glimpse of her, which corona did not allow till the very end.

However, it is a total tragedy if mother tests Covid negative, is admitted to another ward but dies of the disease the next day, leaving her children in tears and helpless in other wards in the same hospital. The children could not do anything as they too got the infection and were admitted in different wards in the same hospital where she was managed by doctors.

This is what happened to Delhi-AIIMS neurosurgeon Dr Deepak Gupta. Dr Gupta lost his mother to Covid in November 2020. Other family members, including his father, brother and sister too tested Covid positive. So they had to adhere to Covid protocol and were isolated for treatment at AIIMS Trauma Center.  

Dr Gupta, who did not get the infection, had to quarantine for five days as a preventive measure. He has appealed to all his fellow medicos that they should take a vaccine to save themselves and their loved ones.

Dr Gupta has saved many lives in AIIMS and brought joy to patients and their family members. He played the dual role of a Covid warrior and Covid caretaker to his mother. Dr Gupta asserts that no one should take this disease lightly as it still exists and kills people.

Sharing his experience with DTMT, Dr Gupta said: “It has been a very painful experience.”

He added that he recently went to Connaught Place market in Delhi to buy something. He was identified as an AIIMS doctor at the shop. A  customer there asked him if corona still exists. Dr Gupta's reply silenced him.

“I said that I have lost my mother due to Covid,” Dr Gupta told the fellow customer. This shocked and silenced him. This is the level of ignorance in the public about corona," he told this correspondent.

Dr Gupta said that he has taken two shots of Covaxin. He has appealed that all healthcare workers should get the vaccines.

Coming back to his experience with Covid, Dr Gupta said that he came across a case where he operated on a 2-year-old baby Anika Yadav who had a brain tumor.

“The issue with this case was that she was Covid positive while her mother was Covid negative. Then I recalled my own time when I could not meet my mother. I allowed Anika’s mother with her after considering the patient's age. Now she has been successfully operated and is undergoing radio therapy in AIIMS-Jhajjar,” added Dr Gupta.

“During Covid times nobody bothered about the families of Covid patients. These families are cut off. We never separated our mother for a moment from us but she had to live separate from us when she was down with Covid. She was managed for more than a month at AIIMS but she could not be saved. She died on November 5, 2020."

“Two things however, could console us. First, we could perform her last rites at Nigam Bodh Ghat as she had tested negative. The other was that the nurse where my mother was admitted applied henna on her hand as it was Karva Chauth on November 4. On that day she tested negative but the very next day when she was shifted to another ward, she lost her battle with Covid,” informed Dr Gupta.  

“My only aim in narrating this experience is that nobody should get relaxed. We should not get surprised if cases, like in Maharashtra and Kerala, again increase in Delhi too,” he added.

“We need to introspect to improve the outcome in other patients. The way we wear PPE kits must change. Clear vision is imperative and fogging of the eyepieces must be prevented. Six hourly health care workers shift change results in breaks in the continued care to sick ICU patients. Fear of contacting Covid while treating is another big challenge,” shared Dr Gupta.


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