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confirmed. But then, the doctors were confident that it could be controlled using antibiotics. The two weeks of antibiotics treatment failed to provide any result. The Re-transplant Things took a different course after that. One day, while admitted in the hospital Girish felt a strange urge to sleep. He asked his sister not to disturb him even if someone pays a visit. “I don’t remember anything after that. Later, my sister told me what happened. I had a cardiac arrest during the sleep. Since most doctors were in the operation theatre nearby, they came immediately. It took almost 45 minutes of CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) to bring me back to life. I remained in the ICU after that and doctors informed me that I had to either replace tricuspid valve or further undergo another heart transplant. I made my Girish Kumar during his office hours decision to undergo another heart transplant under Dr. Jose. While remaining in the ICU, I had an- are looking at me if they are standing a little far. It has affected other cardiac arrest and doctors had to try harder to bring me my confidence in going out from home alone”, reveals Girish. back to life again”. As a patient who underwent re-transplant, many patients Two times cardiac arrest to a patient, especially to one who call Girish to gain confidence. “Two things make people doubtunderwent a heart transplant, was not a good thing. The divine ful about organ transplant- firstly, it is a major operation and intervention came in the form of news that a matching donor secondly, the expense, including post surgery expense. The expense varies according to the patient’s condition. My advice heart was available at a hospital nearby. to DCM patients is that they should undergo transplant at the The second transplant took almost 8 hours to complete at Lisie earliest if the cardiologist recommends. If it gets complicated, it Hospital. The two cardiac arrests had taken a toll in his body as the will lead to multiple organ failures. It is also good to see that blood circulation to eye through the nerve was affected. A condition many groups and individuals through social media often raise called Optic atrophy, an end stage that arises from myriad causes funds for organ transplants”. Also, many patients wanted to of optic nerve damage anywhere along the path from the retina to know why he underwent the operation at Kerala while he could the lateral geniculate. Since the optic nerve transmits retinal inforhave done it in Bengaluru. “I tell them with confidence that now mation to the brain, optic atrophy is associated with vision loss. “I our state has hospitals and doctors ad hering to international had a problem with a vision after that. But the doctor said that it will standards and the service they provide is excellent”, Girish soon get cured. That was the only discomfort I had after the second flashes a smile that sticks to his face like an alter ego now. heart transplant. Almost one month I was in the hospital. By April 2014, I came back to the comforts of home. After around six months, Family Support I began working from home again and went only twice to my A family is not just an important thing, but it’s everything Bengaluru office for client meets”, states Girish. for a man. For Girish, the family is quite big one consisting of Looking back, he says that the last four years had been going four sisters, their husbands and kids, and one brother, his stable. He even went to Munnar for a trip without any discom- wife and kids – yes, a family of families. All the decisions he forts. There is no restriction in food. He had also visited shopping took for his treatment were fully backed by his family. He is malls many times. “The only problem is that I’m yet to get back blessed with such in-laws who looked after him turn by turn my complete vision. Even though I can see people around me, I during and post his hospitalization. Even after four years, they wouldn’t be able to identify them. I can’t understand whether they continue to treat him with the same care and love

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