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discontinue the ayurvedic treatment and asked me to consult the Diabetes wing of the same hospital”, recalls Girish. At the hospital, the doctor felt something abnormal and referred him to a larger hospital where his mother was undergoing treatment for her d iabetes turned cardiac issues. After doing an ECHO check up there, they confirmed that he had dilated cardio myopathy (DCM). There were no symptoms of any disease during those days apart from the discomfort associated with cough. However, the doctor assured him that since the disease was in the early stage it could be cured if he took medicines regularly. Upon agreeing this, he went back to Bengaluru. To facilitate easy consultation, Girish went to another hospital at Bengaluru. The doctor there also suggested that regular medications would be enough to recover from this state. However, frequent hospitalisations followed. He recalls how the hospital at Bengaluru had kept one special room blocked for him because by then, he had become a regular patient. “Most often I had to go alone from my place to the hospital during nights as cough wouldn’t stop. But an injection from the hospital used to cure it soon. Even so, they will keep me in observation for one day. The intervals between my hospital visits began to lessen and it became a serious problem”, Girish recollects. In the month of May 2012, Girish took his mother to Bengaluru for better treatment as her condition was very critical and was admitted in the same hospital where he was undergoing the treatment for DCM. But nothing could save his mother. Girish was admitted in the same hospital, when his mother had her last breath after 15 days of her struggle inside the ICU. He remembers how painful it was when the hospital staff took him to ICU in wheel chair to see his mother’s body. It was then the doctors suggested him to go for a transplant. Girish wondered why he had got this particular disease. He never had a single problem related to heart or anything prior to this. Genetic history also showed negative. Moreover, Girish never smoked or used liquor. Even though his mother had diabetics turned DCM, he had no traces of it. “I had no heart attacks or something like that. When I was admitted in the hospital, I had a slight BP variation. Nothing else! No problem with lungs. Still now, the reason for the disease is quite unknown,” he states. Since both his left and right ventricle had complaints, they had only one option left- to undergo an organ transplant. Transplants, especially heart transplants, weren’t much common those days.

Dr. Jose Chacko Periappuram Also, people had to wait for a matching donor. Girish wasn’t very serious about the transplant as he doubted how long he would have to wait for a matching donor. The doctors at Bengaluru suggested their own Transplant Specialist. Meanwhile, Girish had constant body pain due to Ankylosing spondylitis. The only symptom he had of the disease was the pain on the neck. Since it was common to all professionals related to IT field, as they have to spend more time in front of the computers, he didn’t take it seriously. When he began taking medicine of DCM, he skipped the medicine for Ankylosing spondylitis and it caused difficulty for him to walk even shorter distances. In the last week of May 2013, Girish visited Palakkad to attend his mother’s first death anniversary. Noticing his difficulty in walking and other problems, one of his sisters suggested consulting Dr. Jose Chacko Periappuram of Lisie Hospital, Ernakulam. Soon, he found out that the doctor was very well-known and reputed. “I thought of taking a second opinion from him. His opinion was not much different from what the

Noticing his difficulty in walking and other problems, one of his sisters suggested consulting Dr. Jose Chacko Periappuram of Lisie Hospital, Ernakulam. Soon, he found out that the doctor was very well-known and reputed.

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