Temple of Healing
VOLUME 1 , ISSUE 1, JAN-FEB, 2018
DR. GURUMURTHY, DIRECTOR, SSSIHMS, PRASANTHIGRAM
Inaugural article of the "Temple of Healing by the Director of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, Dr. Gurumurthy
Om Sri Sai Ram,
It is a matter of great pleasure for me as the Director of this esteemed institution, the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram to announce the publication of e-newsletter of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, the “Temple of Healing”. The Temple of Healing is an endeavour of the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, to showcase the unmatched work being done by the hospital to the public at large. Beginning February 2018, the newsletter is proposed to be a bi-monthly periodical.
We have come a long way since the 22nd November, 1991, when Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, inaugurated the hospital. This medical marvel has since then treated around 3.5 million( 35 lakh) patients from across India as well as abroad. Further the hospital has performed around 250,000 surgeries and procedures. All this completely free of charge for all irrespective of caste, class, creed, religion or nationality. A majority of the patients who have been treated at our hospital come from extremely poor backgrounds, who could not have been able to afford such advanced care anywhere else.
Our Beloved Swami has always said that we should give the best to the patient. Following Swami’s word the hospital employs cutting-edge technology for patient care. And all the equipment is periodically updated to meet the best standards in the world.
The hospital prides itself for being one of the few hospitals in India, which is almost completely paperless and filmless and therefore is a completely digital hospital. But apart from a state-of-the-art hospital, more importantly this is a hospital where care is administered with love and compassion.
The testimony for the care being provided at the hospital is the certification by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), India. NABH is a constituent board of Quality Council of India, set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare organisations in India. Moreover, NABH is an institutional member of ISQUA, the International Society for Quality in Health Care, which emphasizes the fact that the hospital has an international stamp of quality for its unmatched patient care. Moreover, the hospital is the only totally free hospital to receive this recognition.
This newsletter is being brought out, therefore, to inform and educate the public of the unparalleled work being done by the hospital.
We sincerely hope that you would like and support this endeavor of ours and provide us your valuable feedback.
SWAMI'S DIVINE DECLARATION
On 23 November 1990, during the birthday discourse Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba declared that within a year a super-speciality hospital will come up in the village of Puttaparthi. Swami also decided the date of the inauguration as 22nd November 1991.
THE DIVINE DOCTOR
DR. NEELAM DESAI: HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, CTVS, SSSIHMS, PRASANTHIGRAM.
Dr. Neelam Desai shares her experience of working at the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, and how Swami the Divine Doctor was always there to guide and help her.
I experienced the divine power of Bhagawan only after I joined the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences( SSSIHMS) as a cardiac surgeon in February 1993. The omnipresence, the omnipotence and the omniscience of Bhagawan got revealed through various experiences. In my very first interview Swami said that I would come to Puttaparthi permanently followed by my entire family. I initially was skeptical about my brother and his family coming here but no sooner, my parents and I had settled down in Puttaparthi, my brother visited Puttaparthi. The first Darshan of Swami had a profound effect on him. During that visit he asked father, whether he could wind up his business in Mumbai and settle down with us at Swami’s abode for good.
Thus my brother soon joined the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, as executive engineer, my father started working in the hospital accounts department and my sister-in-law joined as a teacher in primary school after being sent by Bhagawan for B.Ed training to Anantapur women’s college. So Swami’s word came true as usual.
An incident that happened during my surgical career always stays with me. I had operated on a five-year-old child with a complex heart problem. Surgery was successful, but baby continued to have fluid drainage from his lungs.
After few days in Darshan line Swami enquired about my patients when I conveyed to Bhagawan that this small child was doing well but for his drainage from the lungs. In All his mercy, Swami materialised vibhuthi for the child and the child’s effusion completely stopped.
After 3 months, when the child came back to hospital for his follow up I saw that he had gained a lot of weight and was jumping around the whole place. He was the same child who had to be carried around continuously by his mother just three months earlier. This is Swami's love in action.
Swami always says He is with us all the time and He has a way to prove it too. This incident happened during one Akhand Bhajan, which is held on the second Saturday and Sunday of November every year. During the bhajan while all the campuses were present for Bhagawan’s Darshan, Bhagawan came up to me and asked whether I could sing? To which I replied, “no Swami, I do not know how to sing.” Immediately Swami said: “operation theatre mein to gata hai” (But you sing in the operation theatre). It was then that I realised what Swami meant. I had the habit of rhyming a line or two of any bhajan once the main part of the surgery was over, which could be heard at the most by my nearest assistant. So I realised that Bhagawan was that close to me as I performed the surgeries and was taking care of my work.
On another occasion I had performed a complex cardiac surgery on a five-year-old child. The child needed two holes in the heart to be closed and a heart valve repair. The surgery went on for long, but was a total success. Next day in Darshan line, Swami came up to me and said, “ kal ek complicated surgery kiya, sab thik ho gaya (yesterday you did a complicated case, everything went on well). Baby is fine now”.
I recollect one more wonderful incident of Swami’s omnipresence. Once our group of surgeons was making rounds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), when a 6-year-old girl told us that Swami had come the previous night and went around the whole ICU and had also spoken to her. This incident made me understand that not only was Swami always with us, but was Himself the Divine Doctor who was guiding us, and taking care of the work He had assigned to us. We were all just His instruments.
Love in action
"I would have been forced to spend at least Rs.500,000 to Rs 600,000, that too without the guarantee that my son will get the benefit. But in Baba's hospital the surgery was done completely free of charge.”
Children walk to school but run back home, goes the saying. And it was no different with Sanjay. But lately in the race back home, which would happen every day after school, he started falling behind. Just a few quick paces and exhaustion would seize him and he would sink on to the ground gasping heavily for breath. Things were no different during the playtime in the evening. Sanjay's parents noticed that he was getting too tired with little exertion.
One day his father Kishan observed that his son while playing with his friends slumped to the ground badly gasping for breath just after running a little distance, while his other friends did not show any signs of fatigue.
Sanjay's parents then spoke to his friends who also informed them that lately, Sanjay was getting tired too easily. His parents grew worried. Was there something wrong with Sanjay?
Sanjay’s family belonged to a small village of Dang Saroda in the Eastern Indian state of Odisha. One of the poorest states in the country. Sanjay's father a teacher in a primary school earned a salary, which was just enough for the house hold.
Eventually Sanjay was taken to a private clinic in the town of Brahmapur, one full day away. The doctors there proved the worst fears of Sanjay's parents true. The little Sanjay had a heart condition which would require a complex surgery. This announcement was a bolt from the blue for the family.
The doctors told that for surgery to be performed Sanjay had to be taken to a higher center and that the surgery would cost anywhere between Rs.5.00 lakh to Rs. 6.00 lakh (around $9,200). The doctors in the hospital and friends of Kishan suggested that he be taken to the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), Prasanthigram, Puttaparthi, where he was told, such complex surgeries were being performed completely free of charge.
Kishan did not know how to reach Puttaparthi, but then he remembered a distant relative Ananta who was staying in a neighbouring village of Maliguda and had visited SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram a few years earlier for treatment of his wife’s heart problem. Kishan remembered that Ananta’s wife had got completely cured of her heart ailment. Kishan reached Ananta’s house the next day. Ananta confirmed that Bhagawan Baba’s hospital provided all kinds of treatment completely free of charge. Under the guidance of Ananta, Kishan and Sanjay reached the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, Puttaparthi. A check-up by the cardiologists confirmed that Sanjay's condition required a complex heart surgery, which will be performed at the hospital.
Though initially a bit worried by the news, Kishan credits the staff of the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, for their kind and encouraging words, which removed all the fears the family had regarding the surgery. Sanjay finally was given a date in late December 2017 to begin the process of admission. After tests were performed, the cardiologists first performed an angiography on the child. The angiography procedure is performed to ascertain the blood flow through the blood vessels in the heart region. After the angiography was performed in the middle of January, the surgeons decided to take up the case for surgery. The surgery went perfectly and soon Sanjay was out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and shifted to the Cardiac Surgery ward. Speaking about the surgery Dr. Neelam Desai, Head of Department of Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram said that in simple terms, in Sanjay's case, there was a hole in the heart, along with a membrane under the aortic heart valve, which was obstructing the blood flow and a decrease in the size of the blood vessel going to the lungs from the heart, which carries blood for oxygenation. "And a complex heart surgery was performed for correcting the anomalies", she said.
A beaming Kishan sitting beside Sanjay said,“I cannot express the joy I am feeling looking at my son.” "Had I gone anywhere else, I would have been forced to spend at least Rs.5.00 to Rs 6.00 lakh, that too without the guarantee that my son will get the benefit. But in Baba's hospital the surgery was done completely free of charge,” he added.
“I wish to thank and express my gratitude again and again to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and all the staff members of the hospital for giving a new life to our son. This is not a hospital, this is a temple,” Kishan concluded
till december 2017
Sun and the Sunflowers: In every image gallery we will endeavour to put an hitherto unseen photo of Swami in the Hospital. This photo was taken during the construction of the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram. Swami would come almost everyday to supervise the construction.
Visit of the Australian Devotees: Devotees from Australia visited SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram in the later half of December 2017. At the Image gallery of the hospital.
Australian Devotees assembled in the Conference Hall of the hospital for a documentary screening.
Visit of Malaysian Devotees: The Malaysian Devotees visited the hospital in December 2017.
Students of Sri Sathya Sai School, Honavar: Students and teachers of Sri Sathya Sai School, Honavar Taluka, North Kannada District, Karnakata, India, visited the hospital towards the end of December 2017.
Sai Yuvan Students from Malaysia: Students of the Sai Yuvan group from Malaysia visited a few days before the Malaysian devotees. The students go through a strict regimen of physical and mental discipline and attend regular spiritual classes before they are picked for a visit to Puttaparthi.
Image credits: Sri Vishwa Naidu (Australia), Sri Mithran Balakrishnan and Sri Devendran Sinivasagam (Malaysia).