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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 278

Miracles happen


Date of Submission08-Jan-2021
Date of Decision18-Jan-2021
Date of Acceptance08-Apr-2021
Date of Web Publication30-Jun-2021

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Taher Bohra

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/crst.crst_3_21

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How to cite this article:
Bohra T. Miracles happen. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:278

How to cite this URL:
Bohra T. Miracles happen. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Jul 24];4:278. Available from: https://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2021/4/2/278/320154

Miracles do happen, and they happen here.

Somewhere around January 2017, my father's doctor asked us to bring him to the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. We were shocked and speechless. Our doctor was weirdly silent, but in our minds, we had a lot of questions. Our journey began that day.

We were anxious about our first visit to the Tata Memorial Hospital. We were clueless and silently waited for an answer from the doctors. We knew the answer would not be pleasant, but the doctors there gave us hope to rise, fight, and live; they gave us hope that my father's cancer could be cured and that life was still worth living.

At the beginning, my father started experiencing a back pain. We consulted with numerous doctors, chiropractors, and specialists, but in vain. One of the doctors suggested a magnetic resonance imaging, which showed a spot, and at this point, we turned to the Tata Memorial Hospital. My father had lung cancer that had spread around the spinal cord.

Although it took some time for the disease to be diagnosed and for the treatment to start, it started in the right direction. To cure the pain, we started with radiation therapy. For a week, we took around five radiation sessions, which led to a lot of side effects and pain. However, my father was at ease after a while.

We then started with the treatment for lung cancer. The treatment was administered in the form of chemotherapy tablets. These tablets worked for around 3 years to keep my father's cancer under control. Not only did the tablets work but also the atmosphere at the Tata Memorial Hospital and the support and motivation from the doctors helped my mother tide over this crisis. I always considered my father a hypochondriac; however, he did just fine here. In fact, he nailed it. The coordination and management of the Tata Memorial Hospital and the will power of my father and family were exceptional.

This year, I lost my father, but I am very proud of his 4-year journey with cancer. In 2020, we faced a pandemic and also certain deterioration in my father's health. This pandemic has taught us the importance of life, even if our timeline is limited. I can never thank this institution enough for their support and guidance in my father's battle against cancer. My father's fear related to COVID-19 was not about the disease itself but was about staying away from Tata hospital.

For 4 years, he had to wait in queues on several days. He would feel agitated in the beginning, but it gave him the patience to fight the cancer. In my opinion, time management is one aspect where there is some scope for improvement for the Tata Memorial Hospital. But, miracles happen there. Even though in the end, my father had to embrace death, his battle is worth flaunting. As I write this article, my heart is overwhelmed, and once again, I thank the Tata Memorial Hospital.

About the author: I am Taher Bohra, son of Mr. Zainuddin Bohra. I am the head of infrastructure projects at Magnetic FAAC India Pvt. Ltd.

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