Harekrishna Talukdar never thought he will have to make this plea to Himanta Biswa Sarma. Life was going pretty well for this visual artist and his wife, Purabi Baruah is a reputed classical dancer from Assam. Infact she is the first ever woman researcher from Assam to have obtained the Dora Research Fellowship for which she was invited to Tartu University, Estonia to do her research. Apparently it went all downhill from there on. Here’s his story in his own words:
‘On 18th July, 2016, she was admitted to Hayat Hospital, Guwahati for a very minor operation as she was suffering from ADINOMYOSIS of Uterus. But unfortunately, due to the fault of the doctors concerned, there was an injury in the intestine during the operation following which she went into a coma like situation. Subsequently, the doctors of the hospital decided to conduct a second laparotomy surgery on 23/07/2016 due to bowel injury. But unfortunately couldn’t find the leakage and followed by an ileostomy. Due to this perforation and the two operations done in just five days, she went into Sceptic Shock and in the following days, the infection spread into each and every organ of her body. Since then she was on ventilator.
She was admitted in International Hospital on 06/08/2016 on ventilator with multiple abdominal drains and ileostomy. Subsequently tracheotomy was done. She developed critical illness neuromyopathy due to prolonged ventilation and critical illness. Currently, she is having ARDS in fibrosis phase with intraabdominal sepsis and anticipated prolonged ventilator requirement. Currently, she is on ventilator with stable hemodynamic status. Moreover the sepsis infection is also reoccurring in time to time.
She had no any disease before this surgery and mentally she is very strong.
Today is 44 days in ICU and 45% oxygen support from ventilation and doctors said she will require long term ICU care and prolonged ventilatory support in view of the critical nature of the disease process. And we shall need a large amount of money as well as a long period to recover. We both were unemployed and struggling with the life. And this sudden storm has devastated our life totally.
Only my mother-in-law and sister-in-law are with me. We didn’t heard about this disease before and couldn’t find any survivors and their family members here in our place. So we were so helpless in this situation. I am just praying to god all the time. Can you help me to meet Health Minister of Assam?’
It is to be noted that Purabi Baruah has done her M.Phil from the Department of Cultural Studies of Tezpur Central University and is currently carrying out her Doctoral Research in Folklore from NEHU, Shillong. Infact she is the first ever woman researcher from Assam to have obtained the Dora Research Fellowship following which she was invited to Tartu University, Estonia, Europe for nearly 10 months wherein she did her research as a resident scholar.
Let’s circulate this story so that it reaches Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.