Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Ticker-Tinkering Job that Really Ticks

Newspapers are usually filled with gruesome stories of death, sufferring and violence. Sometimes, I wonder whether a reader becomes numb to all the cases that happen around the world in the course of a single day. That perhaps with time it becomes possible to simply turn the page without a second thought when you read of another child that's been orphaned in a country ravaged by war or another aircraft that crashed after facing a 'technical difficulty', killing all on board.

But the other day I was pleasantly greeted with news that read that cardiac surgeons at Narayana Hrudayalaya in Bangalore had performed the first ever artificial heart transplant surgery in Asia. I've always loved my city. But today I was especially proud of it. By carrying out this procedure, doctors gave a 54-year old diabetic with heart problems for the past four years, the chance to live the rest of his life in peace.

The best part: The hospital costs which amounted to approximately Rs.6 lakhs, were waived.

Goodness does exist in the world.

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