As you grow older, it becomes interesting to notice that your body is not an "equal opportunity -employer". It tends to treat some parts indifferently. My gift-pack consisted of diabetes and then followed with a slow (but which I did not then realize) and rapidly increasing renal failure. An extremely doting and caring family, intake of prescribed medication, and regular visits to doctors, kept me going at a fairly normal pace of life for over 3 years since renal failure was first diagnosed.

In March of 2007 I experienced high fatigue levels and extreme breathlessness even during normal walking. Medical investigations resulted in my doctor's advice to go in for dialysis 3 times each week. That became a ritual.

I need to digress.... but only on a point of relevance. Life is after all a series of anecdotes all quite interestingly intertwined. Late in 2006, a dear friend of our family breathed his last during an angiogram being performed on him. That set my wife's mind and mine firmly and staunchly against all such procedures were we ever to get in such a situation.

I was 6 weeks into dialysis, when one Sunday evening connected to a dialysis machine I experienced extreme sweating and severe pain in the chest. Assistance was almost instantaneously and I was wheeled to the ICU for a suspected heart attack. My wife summoned close friends who arrived to take charge. I repeated my opposition to even an angiogram. They, while understanding the gravity of my medical condition, explained the delicate situation to the doctors and enquired if I could be put on general anesthesia during the angiogram procedure. The angiogram showed up 3 major blocked arteries thus calling for an immediate By-Pass operation.

Almost midnight of that Saturday, and the doctors were faced with a difficult high-risk patient, with a diabetic and renal failure background, a heart-attack, and the need to operate a by-pass surgery and put him fast-track thru a post-surgery dialysis.... and the patient's mental block against surgery. That is when Dr.Divakar Bhat, Principal cardiac surgeon, came in with an "all-ears" approach and calmly heard me out, then with a soothing voice explained that gravity of the situation without causing any alarm bells to ring. Thus he arranged in such a short notice his team to operate early Sunday morning. His positive and caring attitude, constant reassurances and uncluttered calm voice smoothed out my creases and concerns and lead to a successful surgery. Recovery was smooth; thanks to that very personal and pleasant way that Dr. Bhat constantly interacts with all of his patients. He seems to miss nothing... . even recognizes which of his patient's may be in the Dialysis ward by the footwear left outside the door! He just walks in and enquires as to how the treatment is going on and will personally conduct a quick check on your biometrics. I feel privileged to have him as my doctor and a friend. Thank you indeed Dr.Bhat. You have helped me thru a difficult time and made a difference in my life.

Suresh Manshukani,
Retired General Manager
Hewlett Packard.

I wish more n more LIVES be saved under his skill and care, MAY GOD GIVE HIM MORE STRENGTH. I am sure, as a TRUE INDIAN of humble beginning, he will continue to STRIDE BIG steps in preserving human resource for long duration. MY HEARTY BEST WISHES TO THE DOCTOR