Mr. Kailash Chandra was a patient of Pharyngeal carcinoma with widespread metastasis.
His last conversation with his daughter on 28.4.05
“You are leaving?”
“Yes daddy. I have to join office”
“… Am I dying?” His eyes beseeched her to be honest with him.
She tried to control the tears that were threatening to spill over and bravely continued.
“Well! They have already made a channel for food. That should take care of your nutrition and after you regain some of your strength then we can think of surgery… and also we have attempted alternate medicine…..Rest , who can say anything about tomorrow…but we will fight it out till the last. Won’t we?”
He nodded. “I was just thinking of the pain…”
“No no! I won’t let you suffer, I promise. I will put you to sleep myself if the need arises… trust me…But you have to be brave. You will be. Won’t you?”
He nodded a faint smile on his lips. (Probably to make her happy). Then turning towards his wife he said casually. “Hope you have prepared chicken for lunch. Biti (his daughter) likes it.”
Mr. Kailash Chandra passed away on 18/05/05… He did not suffer much.
Today’s survivor story is dedicated to all those who gave a brave fight but could not make it as a survivor… but for me, they were survivors in their own right for facing their crisis head on and putting a brave fight till the end.
- Article written by Mani Padma. She is a Doctor by profession, working in Delhi. She is the chief-co brewer of GingerChai and has to her credit some of the interesting categories you see in GingerChai. Want to read more of her articles ? Click HERE.
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