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Opinion: ‘Doctors Are Not Gods On Earth Anymore, They Are Hungry For Money’

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I usually write Hindi articles, but I recently received a heartfelt note from a grieving son, Shawn Kahlon, who happens to be a close friend of one of my near ones. After reading the note, I could not stop myself from publishing this eye-opening piece.

The Letter I Received, As It Is

On the 6th day of his stay at the hospital, my dad said to me with folded hands: “Lagta hai upar jaana hai (I think my time is up).”

While writing this, I hate myself for not taking him out of the hospital that very day. He was right, they had some other plans. They say that “they [health professionals] are gods on earth”, but I doubt it.

My father, (retired) colonel JS Kahlon, got a mild fever in May 2021. He got better, but had some issues due to old age. Later, we found out that he had Corona, after he started showing symptoms.

For a few days, we gave him medication and glucose drips. He was quite dizzy for some days, but then started improving, even joked that he wanted to eat mangoes like Modi.

But one day, he fell on the floor, felt low the next day and when he got diarrhea post that, I decided to take him to “the gods” on earth, the doctors, on a paradise called hospital.

People all over the country struggled to find hospital beds during the devastating second wave of the pandemic. Representational image. Photo credit: The Hindu.

I took him to a big private hospital in Faridabad, where even after knowing that he was an ex-army man, they said: “No beds are available.” Then I called my family doctor. He used his sources and my dad was finally admitted.

But when I went inside the ICU, I could see four free beds, which was strange. Gods never lie, oh sorry, they say nothing at all. Well, I told the doctor-in-charge that I felt like my dad had post-Covid-19 symptoms.

After seven days, his reports came, They were okay, from his kidneys to his hemoglobin, all was good. Dad used to say, “Now take me home.” He was angry and didn’t talk to anyone in the hospital but me.

The neurology head said that, “I feel that its TB of the brain,” so medicines were being given. Well, doctors aren’t supposed to feel, but to diagnose, right?

It was fishy, to say the least. I could see the next day that my dad was not conscious. When I asked her, she said: “No, not because of the medicines.”

After another three days, when more reports came, the head of Neurology said: “It’s not TB so we are stopping the medicines and [we] will check if it is a viral infection of the brain, or not.”

But by then, my dad was already very low. Suddenly, I got a call from the hospital one morning telling me that my dad’s oxygen levels are falling miserably. I rushed to the sanatorium and the doctors were waiting for my permission to use the ventilator.

I realized that the air conditioner was not working and they had put a fan near my dad. I lost my temper and shouted, to which one doctor responded, “Unless you complaint strictly, things are not going improve here.”

They shifted my dad to the MICU, there I found out he had gotten bed sores. They started giving him medicines for a viral infection of the brain, and said that the culture test report takes time to arrive, as it is outsourced.

I could see dad getting terribly low with passing time. Even after five days, the culture report was not available. I thought of checking, so I went to the reports office and found out that the report had already come on the fourth day itself.

It was negative, but my dad was still being given strong medication for the disease he never had. Doctors, after they got caught red handed, especially the head of MICU, had nothing to say.

They just gave me a thumbs up with an embarrassed look, saying they are stopping the medicines.

After three days, they removed dad’s ventilator from his mouth and put a pipe in the neck area. He was breathing normally, the ventilator was just for backup, they said.

The next day, the head of Neurology said it seemed like my dad had contracted acinetobacteria, due to the ventilator. “It happens due to ventilators so we will give him medication.”

My father was given medicines for diseases he didn’t have. This weakened his immune system considerably. Representational image.

I could see my dad’s will power to get well. Every day, we used to say things to each other, back and forth. Dad got out of the ventilator for a few days. I decided to arrange for home care as even the doctor-in-charge of the case had started saying post-Covid-19 symptoms can be managed at home.

As my dad didn’t have TB and any viral infection of the brain, only a bacterial infection in his lungs needed to heal. Every other day, they use to say that the bacteria is reducing and then they would say that it is increasing.

Since home care was there, we were happy about the fact that dad will stay at home and the comfortable environment will make him feel better. But then, the doctors said that he had BP issues. “It is very low, let it get balanced.”

I told the doctor on Saturday that my dad had come to the hospital by walk. They had to tie his hands as he was super energetic. But now, he can’t lift a finger. His kidneys were fine. But now, they were saying too many medicines has affected them badly.

When I said that on the first night I brought dad to the hospital, I had clearly told the doctor to give him post-Covid-19 treatment, he looked at the first day’s report. I could feel the shock behind his mask, but he didn’t say a thing to me.

He just patted me on my back and walked away in shame.

Three days later, on a Tuesday, an embarassed doctor from the MICU of Metro Hospital, told me, “We are stuck in a drug mafia thing. We have to give the medicines. That’s it! I won’t utter a word more or else I will lose my job”

I had a chat with some of my neighbors about this and I got to know that all the doctors have monthly targets to fulfill, as if they are a sales employee, and not life savers.

Moreover, I also got the information that a few of the genuinely-good doctors had left the hospital a some years ago, when this marketeering started, because they didn’t think that it was the job of a doctor to worry about such things.

I was thinking that my dad will improve, so I didn’t take my mom to meet him, given that she is a heart patient and keeping Covid-19 safety measures in mind.

My dad’s proper, last words before the TB medicines were pumped into him for no reason, were on the 8th day. He said “mummy”, something he called his wife lovingly.

My parents didn’t meet each other for 33 days, and then his body came home.

A day before his 33rd day in the hospital, I was taking him home. But, they created this blood pressure panic and later in the night, my dad expired. They said he had a heart attack, which I never expected.

The Point Is

Firstly, why medicines were given for something which was not there. These medicines caused him to have to use a ventilator and then the bacteria thing struck. It was almost as if the doctors were confessing their evilness.

I also realized a few other things:

  1. Government officials are given secondary preference because for hospitals, those who pay cash directly come first.
  2. Once admitted, government families are taken for a ride on ECHS cards because they feel like the government is taking care of the bills. Knowing this fact, they utilise it to their advantage by doing tests after tests. They are assured that the officer’s family will not refuse in the hopes of their loved ones getting better.
  3. A government official from my area, Mr. Paintal, is in the hospital and his family is undergoing the same experience.
  4.  Hospitals feel like senior citizens, once admitted, can be used to maximize their profits, as anything happens to them, old age is an easily acceptable excuse.
  5. In government hospitals, the report has to arrive first, medicines will arrive later. While in private hospitals, medicines are of prime importance, test reports can wait. I checked with my cousin and other doctors at government hospitals. All of them confirmed the aforementioned things.

I hope not, but I feel it strongly, that the army’s facilities for taking care of its officers is becoming the road to the graveyard, when private hospitals misuse it for minting money at the cost of lives.

It’s high time we noticed this so that no life is lost, unlike what I experienced.

We didn’t tell dad that his elder brother had passed away on June 10, 2021, because we wanted him to get well first, but see the irony.

Surely the both of them have met in the astral world and are maybe having a gala time. In heaven, with the real gods, the gods on earth are not gods anymore. They are money-hungry hounds.

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  1. Novo Martin

    This sounds like fabrication from start to finish. If I was being generous, this would be the classic example of how the lack of education in India manifests itself.

    A few things here are sound outright nonsensical, for example:

    “I felt like my dad had post-Covid-19 symptoms”

    How? Post-Covid Symptoms are only symptoms and they do not rule out the possibility of other infections. Especially when we consider that Post Covid Syndrome is a variable and speculative diagnosis with no diagnostic criteria other than a past medical history of covid-19 infection.

    Here is another gem of the general behaviour of the person who has written this letter.

    ‘I realized that the air conditioner was not working and they had put a fan near my dad. I lost my temper and shouted,”

    Your father is waiting to be put on a ventilator and your concern is that the AC isn’t working? Also, you don’t need to wait for permission to put a patient on the ventilator, as that decision is an emergency decision following a crash in the patient’s ability to saturate their blood with oxygen. Why would any hospital wait for a patient’s family to come to the hospital for giving permission to place a critically ill patient on the ventilator?

    The author of the letter admits to screaming and shouting at the doctors in the Intensive Care ward, which is evidence enough that anything this person says is either not true, or should be examined with evidence. Why not post the lab results and the imaging tests that the hospital ordered? Why not give us the discharge summary?

    I will tell you why those things weren’t posted. Because this “letter” is likely a fabrication. However, I am not a malicious person, I will grant that maybe due to grief the person who wrote the letter was not in an appropriate state of mind and was looking for someone to blame. As is usual in India, who else to blame but the doctors, who serve all day and all night, face violence, murder, harassment, and don’t do anything in response but continue their work.

    A typical line used by anti-Medicine and anti-Science crowds on the internet is the allegation of collusion between the “Big Pharma” and the doctors. Demonstrably, this conspiracy theory has only been reworked in this juvenile way in order to further this anti-Medicine attitude. This entire article should be disregarded as propaganda and disinformation.

    1. Prateek Singh

      Mr nova or whatever your name is, betaji life mein ek baat remember always smart banna hai to knowledge rakho warna oversmartness mein ye hota hai jo will happen to you now.?

      Betaji phele kaam karo go to any hospital and check before putting on ventilator the staff their has to take permission of the guardian of the patient either through call or if they available that time.

      Betaji now question arises mr shawn did he complain about ac and did he receive a call for ventilator.
      Well yes mr shawn and me we both had complained to the administration in evening before that the ac in his father area was less and they assured they will take action soon .
      So since timing to meet at icu is 5 to 5.30pm, we couldn’t enter to meet his dad after that but had to be dependent on administration how fast they work.
      Now next morning mr shawn he received a call that his dad is sinking so have to take permission to put him in ventilator.
      So he rushed as hospital 10 miniutes if road empty and when he reached , fan was on near by, ac still less and his dad on the oxygen balloon which a doctor was holding and yes the doctor took permission and then ventilator was put later .
      And yes the lady doctor said do complain to this because or things will not improve.

      Later his dad was shifted from ICU to MICU.

      Are all doctors bad , are all hospitals corrupt is like are all politicians corrupt.

      But yes our experience of the meeting with politician of that area opened another can of worms .

      Also names of who said what all are available with us but since his dad a ex army officer with great service and its under
      Investigation by the defence as many government people are loosing their life because of ECH cards?

      So only have been given to authorities concerned with photograph of how the patient entered the hospital and instead of improving went downhill.
      And it’s happening with almost every second person.
      And we don’t have to give any thing to you unless you are a investigating officer which I hopeu never take as a profession because I will never want you don’t grow in life.
      So mr nova, nice name you have or choose though not all doctors are bad but in end good ones are mostly in clinics .

      We all should work towards improving this situation , and this article was published because mr shawn dosent want anyone else to suffer this fate.
      Hope you to join in this.
      Don’t mind if I sounded rude , I apologise but it’s what it is.
      God bless all.

  2. Bhupinder Singh

    Jisper beete wahi jaane baaki nasamajh anjaane –

    Very true , and sab jaante hai hamare private hospitals mein kya chal raha Hai.
    Maine khud khoya apne bade bhai ko aur mein akela nahi har doosre insaan ka yehi anubhav.

    Kabhi khud hospital pe Jaakar check kar lo Bahar jo rishtedaar hote hain woh kitne pareshan hote hain. Mein khud se gavah hoon 25 din kaise sabka ek he khena tha, “Hospital mein insaan theek hone aata hai, par har roz kharaab hota jaata hai”.

    Ventilators se poore Dunya mein jo log marte hain , kisi bhe ache doctor se poocho woh yehi Bolega ke hospital ke ventilators saaf nahi hote aur paani gandha istemaal hota hai.

    Sab doctors Bure nahi hote but saare private hospitals unhe majboor kar dete hain ke lakshya (target) poora karo warna niklo.
    Jub mere bade bhai Saab guzre, to har jagah yehi sunne ko mila
    “Ghar par ilaaj karwa loo , ajkal hospital waala home care mil jaata hai, nahi to ghar pe marr jao , naki hospital mein tadap tadap kar maro, aur apke parvivaar waale bhe kuch na kar sakte.

    Kaliyuga hai , ismein
    DOCTOR , POLICEWAALE aur TEACHER yehi teen jo ek khushaal samaaj ke neev hain durbhagya se sabse bhrasht (corrupt) hain.

    Apke sath mere hamdardi hai shawnji, agar meine khud se ye sab ne jhela hota to mein bhe shayad na samajh paata.

    Par ek baat ab sarkar ko karna padega kuch aisa jo in private hospital maalikon ko lagaam Lagaye aur insaniyet ke rakshak bane na ke bhakshak.

    Jai Shri Ram.

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