We have something to smile about!
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We witnessed a decline of COVID during the reporting period of August to December 2021. However, we had patients in our ICU needing 24-hours attention.
Compassion in ICU
"We have another new patient," announced the night duty nurse. 21-year-old Hemant (name changed) frantically gripped the nurse's hand, his eyes wild with fear as he struggled to take a short breath. Failing to find a bed with a ventilator in several hospitals, he landed up at our hospital in a severe condition.
After almost a two-month battle in ICU with an invasive ventilator, proning, high-flow nasal oxygen, Hemant strode out of our hospital, as a lighthearted and blissful person, to witness a sunny side of life.
When asked about his two months at the hospital, he says, "My pulse stopped, my breathing and heart stood, and my body failed. But your care was enduring. You and my tab were the best of companions during this testing time.
From July to December 2021, just as Hemant celebrated recovery from COVID-19, 208 people stepped out of our hospital.
A glimpse of our report card from the COVID section:
Patients cared for 226
Patients received oxygen support:176
Patients on High Flow Oxygen: 32
Patients cared in ICU: 96
Patients supported with ventilators: 22
Patients supported with Non-invasive ventilation: 18
Patients recovered: 208
Patients died due to COVID: 18
What's the charm here?
Nothing joyful or fun has happened in Gopalappa’s small and tidy house for so long. Now, there’s a celebration and a ‘roll back’ to yesteryears memory. As a toast to celebrate her husband’s springing to good health, Gowri, his wife, sits next to him and walks down memory lane. They laugh. They pause. And again, they laugh in a joyful chorus.
Six months back, Gopalappa experienced sharp and searing pain in his back. “It was a testing time for all of us, especially during the Pandemic. No hospital was ready to admit us,” Gowri recalls. Through our e-mobile clinic, Gopalappa was referred to our hospital. After a series of tests and scans, we stood by him through the entire surgery and offered a concession of the whole hospital bill. A few months later, Gopalappa was back with a tumour in his back. Again another surgery and subsequent chemotherapy.
“There’s perfect peace and harmony in our life,” saying, Gowri looks at Gopalappa. He nods wholeheartedly, radiating profound emotion.
Patients treated at our hospital in the village and other rural clinics: 5444 (for various ailments including COVID
Villages visited: 928
Home visits: 3024
Patients counselled: 3090
Total Covid patients monitored by home visits: 458
Interrupted livelihoods spruce up
The right move!
No sooner Manjunath finishes serving a customer; there is another one to serve. His small mobile convenience store is in high demand in this small village in rural Bangalore. "The items in my shop are handy to the people living here," explains Manjunath. "Sometimes, when I don't get a good sale in one area, I move to another location. The handy mobile shop is helpful indeed!
Before COVID, Manjunath sold vegetables to wholesale traders. But, during the lockdown, none of the traders visited the village, nor Manjunath could travel to sell his vegetables. "Our income froze. And I was powerless," he said.
Today, Manjunath's busy days are spent buying various items for his mobile convenience store, arranging them neatly to attract customers and playing with his daughter in the evening. "You walked in at the time with financial support to start this shop," he gratifies.
Provided financial support to 13 people to improve their livelihood, especially those affected by the Pandemic.
“We have something to smile about.”
Ramadinappa and Thimarayyahavehas more to smile about after an almost narrow escape from health. “I am so delightful that Mohan, my son, is finally out of danger. We never knew that he was suffering from TB. Mohan could hardly breathe when we admitted him. Thank God, all is well now, and he is so cheerful,” says his father, Thimarayappa. “And look at me… a few months back, I could hardly take my goats for gracing. Now, I can jog behind them,” says Ramadinappa, barely able to conceal his joy.
Ramadnappa was admitted to our hospital with high BP and diabetes. He was also depressed after losing his son tragically a few years back. Added to this, the grimness of COVID-19 affected him heavily. “You never left us. The procedures at the hospital- without you handholding us, we cannot manage. Your daily visits to the ward are so warming. Thank you for the care and the financial support. Now I have around six goats and a few cattle. I am back in my field. If not for your support, I would have sold this land, which would have hurt me deeply,” says Ramadinappa.
Ramadinappa, his son and Thimarayyappa regularly attend our e-mobile clinics.
Their faces reflect the peace and joy when healthcare is at their doorstep, even during COVID.
1885 e-mobile health consultations carried out
Thank you! Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated through this trying time so that we can continue to care for those who so desperately need hope and healing.
The charm in their life is priceless
On the move to earn
Breathing better and recovering at our ICU
24-hour compassionate care
Hemant with his tab recovering