Creating Waves of Awareness
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It is said that doctors should be emotionally strong before the public, especially in front of our patients and bystanders.
But there are situations wherein we break this unwritten rule! Here is one incident that happened three years back:
A person known to me, who was working in a Gulf country, died in an accident. He was about to return home after two years long stay away from his wife and children, but he had to return to his final destination before reaching his homeland.
After a few days delay due to several formalities and hurdles, his embalmed body was brought to his home. As a family doctor, I visited their home, and we were just opening the strong metallic caffeine with metal cutter and chisel to take the body out for the final rituals. Meanwhile, his son, who is very friendly with me, came very close to me. As a little child, he knew that his father was dead, but did not know its seriousness and after effects, hence he was not sobbing like the other family members. Secretly he told me in a low voice, “doctor, my father had given me assurance that he would bring videogame for me; just have a look inside the box for the same!”
I could not control my tears… But, luckily, people around me thought that my tears are due to the strong smell of Formalin that was emitting from the dead body!
Dr Muhammed Rafeeque