Mervin John19 Jan 2015 My mom underwent a successful liver transplant. Coming here, I thought the most amazing thing that could happen was seeing mom getting back to her normal life.
God’s awesomeness – praising him in the storm
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.”
– Bible verse from the book of Psalms, chapter 20, verses 7 and 8
One of the most interesting things about the Bible is how certain verses spring to life depending on the setting you are in and what\’s happening around you at the time.
The verse quoted above is one such example. I have come across it many timesin the past, but never has it spoken to me as much as it has over the last three months and it continues to hold true and strong even now as I write this email.
I’ve been in Chennai since Sept 14th – a week after my mom underwent a successful liver transplant. I haven’t had the chance to share news of my departure and all the progress here with a lot of you so thought it best to send an email to keep everyone informed.
Mom’s surgery took place on the 7th of September and every day since has been a gift. We have been witnessing God’s awesomeness each day throughout mom’s recovery process. Coming here, I thought the most amazing thing that could happen was seeing mom getting back to her normal life – which I did.
But realistically speaking, I think what has amazed me the most is her unwavering faith and trust in the Lord both before and after the surgery. Most of us have read the verse in the Bible where Jesus says, ‘.your faith has healed you’ – I saw it take place in real life. Faith and prayer were the never ending source of the following in these times:
Peace of mind and assurance – throughout the time mom was in Chennai. For such a major surgery there was peace that we all found solace in.
Clarity – when a decision to undergo surgery was required and uncertainty and risk loomed large, God provided our family with the much needed clarity which came bundled with calm. It was as though he said ‘be atpeace, I am with you’
Fast forward to a few months later and we are back in Kerala. In a mere 80 days post-surgery, mom was running around the house as if she had put it allbehind her. She was going for regular walks and making me a cup of tea in the evening along with hers. And I thought to myself at the time that victory was surely ours while the battle belonged to our Lord.
In all of this I know we are not alone. Not so long as we serve a livingLord and Savior.
He has been a provider, shelter, healer and redeemer throughout all of this.
Mom was able to get a donor for her transplant on time and without any delaythat would cause her physical condition and well-being to deteriorate. She got called twice in the span of two months and even though the logistics wouldn\’t make it possible to go the first time around, God made the second
call happen. That in itself was a huge blessing as the right match was critical and it was what everything that was to follow hinged on. God was preparing us for his time. In a city completely foreign to us (Chennai), Godused his people to take care of all our needs. We found care and support inthe hands of a highly qualified and competent team at MIOT and a physician who too was a man of God. Through one home and avenue he led us to everything we needed at every juncture. Mom was able to recover in a good clean home in Chennai where we got plenty of support physically, emotionallyand spiritually. We had a church and believers praying for us round the clock. Mom\’s healing and recovery was a great success. I noticed that Mom never showed signs of fear or doubt. She always told me that she knew Jesus was holding her hand – even when she was being wheeled into the OT for her surgery.
Everything discussed about God’s awesomeness will hold once again and we will reflect on the great things he has done for us even in times like this.
This time again, we will be patient, persevere, endure and march in the risen Lord\’s name because this is what we do.
what we do.
Son of Liver Transplant Recipient, MIOT International, Chennai,
Prof. T. R. Vaidyanathan19 Jan 2015 High praise for Dr. V. V. Bashi and his team at our Institute of Cardiac Care
Felix and Rose Paul30 Dec 2014 Thank you and your team of doctors, nurses and other staff for having brought me back to the normal life in a short time.
Dear Dr. MOHANDAS,
We wish to reciprocate your thoughtful greetings of the season. I do not know what MIOT stands for, but I think it stands also for
INTENSIVE CARE ( 24 X 7 )
OPERATION SUCCESS ALWAYS
TRAINED DEDICATED FULL TIME DOCTORS.
Thank you and your team of doctors, nurses and other staff for having brought me back to the normal life in a short time. And especially your personal visit when I was in hospital.
May Christ help you continue in your good work to the human race.
Felix Paul & Rose Paul
AshaEven though we’ve been associated with MIOT for a long time, it was the first time one of us actually came in as a patient and the experience has reinforced our belief that we are doing the right thing!
Even as I thank the entire MIOT team , I would like to place on record my appreciation of a few individuals who helped me through the 8 days I was there.
Dr Trevor Nair whose early morning ICU visits & interactions gave me the feel that every small thing was taken seriously and addressed; Dr Varun who with his attention to minute changes, quick and definite responses and unflagging energy kept me positive; Sister Richa (ICU) who took care of me right through with complete confidence and attention to my slightest discomfort ; Physiotherapist Mani (ICU) who firmly insisted I walk with him in the wee hours of the morning ; Sisters Bessie Thomas, Gandhimathi & Janaki ( in the ICU) and Sisters Chitra & Anju ( later in my room) – for never panicking, for their quiet confidence and endless patience ; Ms Sajini who saw to it every day that we were more than comfortable in every way. And ofcourse my surgeon Dr Eapen Koshy who’s complete conviction on my getting fully well has me set a new goalpost: Registering for the Wipro Marathon 5 km walk in December – something which I would never have dreamt of doing!
Together I find they have given me an even better reason to get well and come back stronger- to make sure I do justice to their incredible effort. Thankyou MIOT.
Sonia AnandIn all the years I have lived in chennai my visit to MIOT happened only 2 days back.
Firstly I was astounded by the energy exuded by Dr. Mohandas at his age. Secondly the service all the admin staff offered was excellent.
Thirdly the expertise and confidence that Dr. Bhaskaran exuded as he worked on a fibrositis in my appendix scar was amazing. A small injection has relieved me a yoga teacher from so many connected tightness due to the fibrositis.
Hari om and love
Vijaya SomasundaramWords cannot adequately describe the immense gratitude to you personally and to your hospital for all that you have done for my son, Vikram and for my husband, Somasundaram.
On the first day that we met, you mentioned “You pay, we serve you”. However, what actually happened is something much more. I know for a fact that you went out of the way to make us feel comfortable, bent a few of your own rules (which is more difficult that bending rules made by others) and made us feel as if we were among family surrounded by people who cared. I came in desperation looking for a scientific minded doctor and I found not only just that but a whole scientific minded institution. You were like the lighthouse in a chaotic storm. Thank you.
I was slightly crestfallen that I could not meet you personally on the day of our departure and convey our thanks. However, we are scheduled for a review in mid June at which point I will have the opportunity to do so.