I am overwhelmed by the Johnite response from across the world.When I first looked at my CT scan films in Chhatarpur town, I looked at them very objectively. My close colleagues were staunch and did not show their emotions. It was the rest of my staff and nursing students, with a few of the local community who had come to see me off the next day that broke my “mettle”. Truly I felt loved and it strengthened my resolve to come back to these dear people and continue to lead them.
The response from across the world seems just an extension of the response of my staff and students, and it moves me in my deepest being.In short, I feel loved.Thank you all, Johnites past and present. I assure you I will be back and continue from where I left off.For those who do not know, I walked out of the tertiary level into the secondary level of care in 1997, moved to North India in 1999. And in 2001, I moved to one of the hardest units of the Emmanuel Hospital Association groups. I have been in charge of that unit since 2003 and have been blessed in seeing it grow from strength to strength to reach its present position.
Last year we did 4,500 deliveries and over 20,000 inpatients. Though by training I am a surgeon, I have had to manage other specialities as well, such as MIs, hypertensive crises, strokes, pneumonia (adult/paediatric), and a wide range of infectious diseases endemic to the area. Malnutrition is a big problem in the area, as also various kinds of poisoning, with just me and the junior gynaecologist holding fort. We were fighting with our backs against the wall.To help us do battle is a bunch of four young doctors, who are learning on the job. The picture does not look as bleak as I have painted it to be. Our doctors are a real gung-ho bunch, and at the end of the day, they are on top of every problem.My going away has caused the patient numbers to dip (fortunately). But the load that we are handling is huge: 250 outpatients a day.In short, Chhatarpur needs help.I would be grateful if people would pitch in with short stints. We need specialists in paediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics & gynaecology, as well as intensivists.Irwin told me about people wanting to contribute towards the expense of my treatment. EHA is paying for my entire treatment and I feel it would be good for their coffers to be refilled, as resources are sparse and the needs of various units plenty. If people do want to contribute, they could send in small amounts. It would go a long way to buffer the EHA bank account. Sanjiv and Praveen (Sparrow) will coordinate the entire thing.Thank you again, and God bless. Will get back to you after the surgery, I am sure.Yours, as ever,
to read about a typical day for Dr Lasrado please see the brief write up by Dr Binu Joy at the link below