One Indian doctor was determined to see his patient despite being delayed by traffic. In Bangalore, a city in southern India, Dr. Govind Nandakumar holds the position of Consultant — Gastroenterology at Manipal Hospitals.
According to his bio on the hospital’s website, he finished medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
The surgeon has 18 years of experience conducting complex operations. In one instance, the patient’s gallbladder sickness had persisted for a considerable amount of time, and Dr. Nandkumar knew he had to get at the hospital in time to do the urgent laparoscopic gallbladder surgery.
There was a problem, though. Rainfall was so intense that waterlogging and traffic congestion became major obstacles in the IT hub. Dr. Nandkumar started out to see his patient but was caught in traffic.
‘I travel daily from Bangalore’s downtown to Manipal Hospitals, Sarjapur, which is located in the southeast of the city.
I left home in plenty of time for the procedure. As soon as I got to the hospital, my team was ready and waiting to start the procedure.
I made the quick decision to abandon the vehicle with the driver after observing the heavy traffic and raced straight towards the hospital ‘He said to NDTV.
The doctor had to pace for 1.8 miles over the course of 45 minutes after leaving his car behind, so it wasn’t an easy task to get to the hospital in time.
In the operating room, his patient was waiting. His staff was prepared to put the patient under anesthesia as soon as he arrived.
Fortunately, he arrived just in time, changed into his scrubs swiftly, and completed the necessary procedure.
He told the Times of India, ‘My patients aren’t permitted to have their meals until operation is complete, therefore I didn’t want to waste any more time waiting for the traffic to clear.
In order to avoid keeping them waiting too long. ‘The patient recovered well, and the procedure went without a hitch,’he continued.
He had previously had difficulties with city traffic. ‘I’ve had to travel by foot on occasion in other parts of Bengaluru, at times crossing railroad tracks.
Since our hospital has the necessary staff and facilities to provide excellent patient care, I wasn’t concerned. Small hospitals might not face the same challenges, he suggested, as quoted by The New Indian Express.
‘Even patients and their families wait for the doctors with anxiety. What if an ambulance patient is snarled up in traffic? Even an ambulance couldn’t fit through the narrow space.