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Singapore medical team fulfills cancer-stricken woman’s dying wish to meet her children in India

A cancerAccording to a media report on Monday, the stricken woman’s dying wish to meet her two children in India was fulfilled by the Singaporean medical team, who did their best and arranged for her to travel from a hospital here in Tiruchirappalli in the midst of the pandemic.

Ramamurthi Rajeshwari, a Singapore resident with throat cancer, wanted to meet her two children – 12 and 9 years old – who were sent to their home near Tiruchirappalli (Trichi) in Tamil Nadu in January 2019 to be taken care of by their relatives after her. the cancer has progressed, Channel News Asia (CNA) reported in an interview with her husband, Rajagopalan Kolanchimani.

On June 27, 2020, about two weeks after the couple arrived in India, Rajeshwari died. She was 44 years old.

“She said that if she didn’t see her children, she would not leave the world, she would stay,” Colanchimani said.

“She was so happy (seeing the children). She wrote that everything is fine with her, that she will return, and we can live together again, ”he said, adding that she could not speak, but communicated with them through the application.

Rajeshwari was taken to the hospital so that her condition could be stabilized upon arrival in Trichi.

The hospital was established by her medical team at Tan Tok Seng Hospital (TTSH) in Singapore through the Asia Pacific Palliative Care Network.

“I didn’t believe this would happen. We were told that we can go on June 10, the day before, but we did not believe it at all. Insofar as COVID-19 the situation was bad, and so was her, ”said Colanchimani.

A few days later, Rajeshwari was discharged, and she went on her last journey home, about 50 km from Trichi.

“She suddenly passed out.” When I checked, she had no pulse. Doctors advised not to resuscitate her, ”he said.

She no longer agreed with the doctors’ opinion about how long she had to live. There was no guarantee that she would even make it to India, he said.

“Medically, we didn’t think this would happen,” said Dr. Trisha Jung, one of TTSH’s Rajeshwari palliative doctors.

She had several clinical seizures when she was bleeding, oxygen levels plummeted and she passed out.

“She kept her phone the whole time. She was looking at pictures of children, family at home in India, ”said Dr. Jung, a junior consultant.

Surgery to treat throat cancer made her unable to speak. But it was obvious to the medical team that Rajeshwari was “very, very homesick” and that returning to India was her last wish, the doctor said.

Dr. Jung said the team felt “compelled” to fulfill Rajeshwari’s last wish because they were “touched by her determination and love.”

Rajeshwari’s health was not the only obstacle. The COVID-19 pandemic has swept India and tens of thousands of new cases have swept the country. Flights from Singapore to India were few and far between.

With the help of Air India, the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Rajeswari flight clearance was granted just four hours before the flight departed.

Senior officials of the palliative care unit personally went down to the airline’s office to explain the situation and the state of health of Rajeshwari. They contacted the Foreign Office 24 hours after they were denied permission.

“The clearance and confirmation came just four hours before the actual flight, so it was such a challenging 48 hours full of adrenaline,” said Dr. Jung.

“We quickly gave her a blood transfusion, added oxygen and made sure all of her wounds were well healed,” said Dr. Jung.

They taught Rajeshwari’s guardians, her husband and sister, what to do if she needed urgent medical attention during the flight.

As the flight was fully booked, the other passengers gave up their seats to accommodate Rajeshwari, her husband and her sister.

Colanchimani said he is grateful to the doctors who have worked tirelessly to make the trip possible.



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