Doctors belong to thankless profession who saves the life and give hope to the hopeless
Today, while writing this homage, I recollect my life at the Plastic and Reconstructive Department of Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura. My whole life owes to those sympathetic and lovable doctors of the department. Doctors such as Dr. Inam, Dr. Umar, Dr. Mohsin, and their team who saved me a decade back at SKIMS, Soura. These doctors are truly amazing, compassionate and brilliant human beings. It is one of the noblest professions in the world.
A decade back, I very well reminisce when I met a tragic accident on the outskirts of my edifice in Lolab, Kupwara. That day due to a tragic incident, my condition had so deteriorated that my well-wishers had lost all hope of my survival. But fate had something different in store for me. I was shifted to the Plastic and Reconstructive Department of SKIMS, Soura, a new chapter of my life for six long and hectic months was set on. While I was lying on my death bed struggling between life and death wrapped up entirely in the white mesh (bandage), I found “god” in the human shape of Dr. Inam Zaroo along with his extra-talented team of Doctors comprising of Dr. Umar, Dr. Mohsin, Dr. Aadil Bashir, and Dr. Tariq to name a few.
As years rolled by, my wounds healed and I found myself newly born. I didn’t realize how time passed but as life went by, memories faded. However, there are certain people in one’s life whom one can never forget. I can never pay these doctors back. To do all the medical treatment and to operate no doubt was your duty, but love, care, and utmost dedication are beyond once reach.
One such great personality whose favors, love, and utmost care I even remember today is Dr. Inam Zaroo Sahab, who was the Professor/Consultant in the Department of Plastic surgery at Soura then. Dr. Sahab is a renowned figure in Jammu and Kashmir still, but unfortunately, he now works abroad. Dr. Umar, simultaneously whose courtesies are so many, is now more than a brother to me. He is a great doctor! I have never seen in my life a doctor like him so humble and down to earth, always wearing green uniforms to sincerely serve his patients.
Dr. Umar is still at my end for on and off visits to the Plastic Department. Dear Dr. Umar your love and late-night visits to my bed No 13, providing me the highest hope of life is ultimate. He had an extra world of attachments with his patients beyond the world of treatment and medication.
Dr. Mohsin is always on his toes to save the precious lives of people. I still recollect a great incident when an operated boy of around 13 years-old at late night began to vomit in the hospital ward post-operation. Dr. Mohsin who was on night duty sucked all the waste material from patients’ mouth. While sucking with his lips without even a bit of irritation or foul smell until the staff brought the patient to the ICU. No doubt the patient breathed his last in the morning the next day in the hospital yet the extra-ordinary zeal and sympathy shown by him need to be written in the golden word.
Dr. Umar and Dr. Mohsin kept me inspiring even beyond the walls of the hospital still. Both of them were always at my rescue even at late and wee hours of morning and kept me fighting all the challenging time during my treatment. Dr. Umar apart from doctor is a beacon full of love and amazing personality. Some other young doctors’ names deserve to be mentioned like Dr. Gowhar, Dr. Suhail, Dr. Riyaz, and Dr. Towheed.
Dr. Inam Sahab’s marvelous words filled with a unique kind of rejuvenation still resonate in my ears though happened long ago. As one day he approached me directly in the dressing room and said, “Ahsan there are very few chances that you may be able to work again with as the survival is tough, but I will try my best, to do something good for you, and it needs a lot of patience, time and courage from your side. If you are ready I do have to operate you again multiple times for bigger surgeries.” Had I any other choice but Ah! I nodded in affirmation, he came nearer and lowered himself a bit and took me in his arms affectionately for a hug to assure that I will again be recuperated. Dr. Umar and Dr. Mohsin are witness to this entire episode.
One is astonished to hear the unbelievable surgeries Dr. Inam Sahab has performed in SKIMS. The entire department had started loving me more, and I would often disturb them by asking too many questioning even in the operation theatre prior to anesthesia. Dr. Aadil Bashir always made me laugh with some comic dialogues; Dr. Aadil Bashir is a person with a far-sighted vision and broad mentality would always make me laugh with his comic punches. He was an asset at his place. Dr. Aadil Bashir told me: “Ahsan, you ask too many questions keep quiet, and let’s do our job”.
Who can I forget Dr. Tariq. He had an intellectual taste of literature and would quite often recite Urdu poetry while dressing my wounds during late nights in the dressing room. He would make me feel so comfortable that I even today feel the peace and tranquility that overpower me! Honestly, each one was better than the other.
At a time, when all the doctors except a few professors and consultants were on strike, the due date of my surgery had already been over. Dr. Inam came and found my wounds in critical condition. He became very upset and couldn’t operate me as the operation theatre was closed due to the ongoing strike.
However, somehow within an hour he specially arranged to run the operation theatre for me and operated me along with an anesthesia doctor. May God bless you wherever you are? I shall never be able to pay them my gratitude. I salute you Dr. Inam sahib, Dr. Umar, Dr. Mohsin along with your praiseworthy team for your immense love, utmost care, extraordinary dedication, and heroism.
Doctors belong to thank-less profession, who saves the life and give hope to the hopeless. Hats off to Dr. Inam Sahab. His services must be recognized and duly rewarded. There is immense love and respect, and I always remember you from the core of my heart Dr. Umar, Dr. Mohsin, Dr. Aadil, and Dr. Tariq. Had you not been there, I might not be in a position to write it today.
Author is a Doctoral Fellow, Department of English, University of Kashmir