KAR BHALA, TOH HO BHALA ...(When You Do Good, God Does You Good)
by Retd. Prof. Durgesh Kumar Srivastava
(C-3, Janak Puri, New Delhi, India)
A True Story ....
Dear friends, Two of my senior students sent me a video of a speech given by a teenage girl, who had been struck by blood cancer at the age of 6 months, but weas treated and lived a meaningful life. This made me recall a true story from my own life.... here it is ....
He was a young specialist doctor in a small town of Uttar Pradesh in India, at the start of his professional career. His medical expertise and noble attitude had made him very popular in that small city. One day, as he attended to the crowd of patients in his small clinic, he had a bout of coughing. He at once gulped down a medicine. But the coughing did not stop. He called his assistant and asked him to prepare a diagnostic slide of his 'spit' (thook) and sent it to a local diagnostic center for examination.
An hour or so later, the man from the diagnostic center arrived with the news that the glass slide had accidentally slipped from the pathologist's hands and broke down. Another slide was requested. This was prepared and sent.
After some time, a group of local doctors came to the clinic and asked the young doctor to close the clinic for the day, and go with them for a detailed medical examination. They feared it was blood cancer. Further examination confirmed the diagnosis.
The people of the city rallied to the help of their popular and noble doctor and decided to financially sponsor his trip abroad for a bone marrow transplant. The transplant was successful but the doctor was told that he had only about 15 years of life left.
The doctor returned to his home town and after a few months of rest, resumed his medical practice. His attitude became even more kind and noble. He now took his work as a sacred mission to serve people, refusing to accept any fees for his services. But people insisted on voluntarily paying him.
Thirty years have gone by and the doctor is now a senior citizen in perfect health. Long Live the Selfless spirit of the medical profession. We are proud of you.
DKS, 5 Aug, 2013