Doctors’ profession is considered to be the noblest profession, as they save numerous lives during their career as a doctor. No surprise, they are regarded as the saviour of mankind. Dr GL Sharma is one such doctor, who belives money should never be a consideration in the treatment of a patient. He is the Director of Jaipur Heart Institute, Jaipur, Rajasthan. The hospital, manned by trained professionals, boasts of translating and stand post angioplasty facility, which make the hospital a unique one in itself. Dr GL Sharma is responsible for introducing the Transradial technique for cardiology in India. “I was the first who used the Transradial technique for cardiology in India in 2001. Unlike the traditional angioplasty conducted via thigh, in the Transradial technique, angioplasty is carried out via hand. Due to this technique, the patient does not need to be admitted in the hospital, less bleeding takes place and it costs lesser than what it costs in a normal angioplasty,” informs Dr Sharma.
When one is passionate for achieving the success, nothing can stop him—whether he belongs to a city or a village, it doesn’t matter. This has been proved by Dr Sharma, who hails from a small village of Jaipur. “My journey started with the salary of Rs 670. But with sheer toil and integrity, my journey of reaching to the present position has been very smooth. I didn’t have to run hard. It is because when you have the talent, nothing can stop you,” affirms Dr Sharma.
Talking about complicated cases he undertook, Dr Sharma recalled one case worth mentioning—the case of a 37-year-old lady, Amita Bhargav in 2005. “The lady was afflicted with a disease called Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). It is a congenital disorder in heart wherein a Neonate’s Ductus Arteriosus fails to close after birth. And due to this, she generated a 95 per cent blockage in her left artery and bypass surgery was the last remedy for it. Till that date no such case was recorded to be treated in the world. But I accepted the challenge and operated the lady. And the operation was a big success, but due to unknown reasons she passed away after three days. In such cases, a person has a 20 to 25-year-long life, but she lived till 37,”infoms Dr Sharma.
Dr Sharma had a dream that the poor people should also have access to the latest healthcare facilities at a minimal price under the single roof. “I have opened this hospital to fulfil my dream. I want everybody, whether a poor or rich, should get the state-of-the-art healthcare facilities. And for economical weaker sections (EWS), we organise free camps. We have organised 500 camps till date, in which about 2000 EWS cases were examined and a minimum of 60 free angiography cases were done in every camp. I believe money should never come in between the patient and treatment,” said a candid Dr Sharma.
“In a hurry to become developed, we have started following the western lifestyle; our food habits and daily routine have changed entirely. This gives an open invitation to lifestyle diseases in our life. To curb lifestyle diseases, one needs to follow a proper diet, do regular exercise, stop drinking; and these tricks can do wonders to one’s life,” suggests Dr Sharma.
By Vaishali Tanwar