Doctors and health workers have been at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus and amid the ongoing battle in saving lives, they often recount tales of grit, determination and conviction in the face of the pandemic which boosts the morale of everyone. But the sadness and turmoil associated with death and despair has equally enveloped us and as those at the frontend of the battle against the menacing virus, doctors often are forced to see it all. A doctor recently took to social media to talk about an incident she witnessed where an elderly Covid-19 patient who was hospitalised and not going to survive the ordeal, spoke to her son in an emotional moment. Her son, the doctor said, requested a few minutes to stay connected to the call and he sang a popular Bollywood number for his mother.
Dr Dipshikha Ghosh took to Twitter on Wednesday to post, “Today, towards the end of my shift, I video called the relatives of a patient who is not going to make it. We usually do that in my hospital if it’s something they want. This patient’s son asked for a few minutes of my time. He then sang a song for his dying mother."
Today, towards the end of my shift, I video called the relatives of a patient who is not going to make it. We usually do that in my hospital if it’s something they want. This patient’s son asked for a few minutes of my time. He then sang a song for his dying mother.— Doctor (@DipshikhaGhosh) May 12, 2021
Dipshikha said that the man started singing ‘Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka Nata Koi’ while all the nurses came and stood near the elderly woman’s bed.
“I just stood there holding the phone, looking at him looking at his mother and singing. The nurses came over and stood in silence. He broke down in the middle but finished the verse. He asked her vitals, thanked me and hung up."
Ending her tweet, Dipshikha said after the incident, how the song has now changed for them and she will forever associate it with the mother-son duo.
Me and the nurses stood there. We shakes our heads, our eyes moist. The nurses went back one by one to their allocated patients and attended to them or the alarms of vents/dialysis units. This song is changed for us, for me at least. This song will always be theirs.— Doctor (@DipshikhaGhosh) May 12, 2021
Dipshikha’s tweet went viral and netizens commented on her heartbreaking post. Many others also joined in with their own stories of unfinished goodbyes and struggles of coping with the loss of their loved ones.
Read this piece twice . Sums up the pain and choked emotions. Good job doctor.— Arnab (@UnknownIndian12) May 12, 2021
Didn't get to talk to my grandpa even once because the doctors and the nurses would always tell me he was serious and making him talk much would make it more difficult for him to breathe. The day before he passed away, I was told the same. I always thought he would come back.— Garima (@j_garima_j) May 12, 2021
That feeling of looking at another human gasping for air… I wouldn't wish this ailment on my worst enemy— Navroz Mehta (@navrozmehta) May 12, 2021
God bless you all Doctor at the hospital. You are handholding all of us through this intense battle. May the powers be with you. All glories with you. Prayers for you all. Take care, stay strong. India needs you. Thank you 🙏— 🇮🇳 अजीत অজীত Ajit (@the_ajitsingh) May 12, 2021
I had a lump in my throat while reading the narrative. I can understand how hard this moment must have been for you to stand strong with integrity yet not breaking at this helplessness of humankind. I pray this this does not happen to anyone else.Lots of love and strength to you— Sharmeen Mukhtar #SavePalestine (@sharmeenmukhtar) May 12, 2021
You have done a heroic deed. Not many can fulfill such wishes. Stay safe and strong. Respect to you all— Tapas Sharma (@oldengold) May 12, 2021
Thank You for making it happen. He will remember that, he could say goodbye!— Mythily (@myth_mythily) May 12, 2021
India on Thursday registered over 3.5 lakh daily cases after a two-day low even as the country recorded more than 4,000 deaths for the second day in a row.