When doctor donned patient’s shoes for heart transplant op

Namrata Devikar
Thursday, 22 February 2018

“I waited for two months to get a heart. I have been taken to the operation theatre seven times before the actual surgery. However, all the seven times were false calls." said Bandishti.

PUNE: The life of 50-year-old Dr Sunil Bandishti, a city-based neurophysician, changed entirely after he underwent a heart transplant surgery about 10 months back. As he recalled his journey, he emphasised that the bravery of the family members, who agreed to donate the heart of their loved one, is unprecedented. He was suffering from cardiomyopathy for the last three years, which affects muscles of the heart. 

Dr Bandishti said that he was taken for the transplant for seven times before the actual transplant, however, they were false calls. “I waited for two months to get a heart. I have been taken to the operation theatre seven times before the actual surgery. However, all the seven times were false calls. I appreciate the courage of the family members, who have to share the organs of their loved ones. They must know that I and patients like me are forever grateful to them for giving us a new lease of life,” said Bandishti. 

He further emphasised that his caregivers, families and friends played a pivotal role in helping him recover.

“I was very terrified before the surgery, but my wife was calm and so was everyone around me. My patients prayed for me. One of them went to Ajmer to pray for me. The doctors and caregivers around were so supportive that it gave me the strength to recover fully,” noted Bandishti.

“After the surgery, my family supported me immensely in tiniest of things such as breathing without the oxygen supply and trying to walk on my own. These small victories were possible due to the support of my family and that’s why I am doing well today,” added Bandishti.

He further shared that his effort to live life more has inspired him to run a three-kilometre marathon in order to be more fit. “I did not go to a gym before but now I do. Now, I am taking more care of myself and investing my time in finding deeper meaning in everything I do,” said Dr Bandishti.

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