Impossible is a lie

“I thought I will lose my only son and I lost every hope, my life stalled when my son was diagnosed with renal failure and put on hemodialysis,”

said Raju’s(named changed) father wiping his tear.
father son of sunderban

I am Chandan Mallik (Name changed), father of Raju(named changed), a 14-year-old boy. He was my only son. We live in the interiors of Mangrove villages in suburban.

Tiger attack sunderban

I am Chandan Mallik (Name changed), father of Raju(named changed), a 14-year-old boy. He was my only son. We live in the interiors of Mangrove villages in suburban.  Every now and then we lived with fears of a royal Bengal tiger attack. I used to sell honey and vegetable to earn my livelihood. I had spent all my hard-earned money to educate my son, so he stands and earns a lot of money. I did not want him to live in the poverty we were in.

crying indian father

It was all going fine but one incident shook all of us down. My son was experiencing a recurrent fever with throat pain. Suddenly his urine output diminished and he was passing minimal urine and it was frothy. I consulted a rural physician who said that my son is serious and I must take him to any city hospital. I had only a few rupees in my pocket. I borrowed money from my friend and took my son to a Government hospital.

They said my son’s kidney is damaged and he needs dialysis to survive. The news was like hitting a thunderstorm on my head. I could merely speak a word as everything looked hazy in front of me.

They started haemodialysis every alternate day. The treatment was costly. I had no clue what to do. Seeing my son die in front of a father is the most unfortunate thing in the world. One time started begging in the streets to gather money to keep my son alive.

“Chandan, accepts what God has done, nothing is in our hands”

My friends and near ones said to me.
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Even doctors of the hospital said renal failure is a costly treatment and it will be impossible for you to carry on the treatment lifelong. “Your son needs hemodialysis to stay alive”. One of my friends asked me to come to Kolkata and consult a doctor who has a very good reputation in the field of Nephrology. I sold all my permanent assets to gather money for my son’s treatment.

I met Dr. Pratim Sengupta at ILS hospital, Nagerbazar. I broke down in front of him, with folded hands prayed “Sir save my son, he is my life” He kept his hand on my shoulder and assured me that he will try his best. I admitted him under his care. By that time my son had already taken 24 sessions of hemodialysis. Serial blood test, CT scan, USG were done. Under the treatment of Dr. Sengupta and the team, my son started to respond positively.

With medications, diet, and other supportive care slowly his urine output improved and creatinine started to decline.

After 5 days, Dr.Sengupta came and told “Chandan we are going to withhold the hemodialysis and see the progress” I did not believe his words.

Yes after 30 sessions of dialysis, hemodialysis was stopped. My son started to show more positive signs of recovery. On the 7th-day post-admission his creatinine came down to 1.6mg/dl and he was passing adequate urine. It was a miracle.

Dr. Sengupta came to me on the 8th day when my son was advised for discharge and told me “Chandan remember one thing- Impossible is a lie”.

He is my God, he gave a new life to my dying son.

Published by Dr.Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta thinks of himself as conscious, living, soulful being with an inner urge to break the inertia of life. He feels that life is nothing but a material expression of the Supreme Almighty Consciousness. His conscious existence empowered him to see, to hear, to talk, to interact, to feel, to dream, to ask questions, and to seek solutions to every problem. In the flow of life, as he grew up, he understood that knowledge of life is the only way to understand the scientific basis of conscious existence. Hence Dr. Sengupta felt the urge to study the science of life – i.e. Medicine. After he completed his higher secondary education from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Belurmath, he joined the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course at RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. The professional packaging of knowledge in terms of a time-bound, goal-oriented syllabus frustrated him a bit, but nevertheless ignited the urge within him to study further. He thus went on to his post-graduation (MD) in Medicine from IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. During his MD training, he got a glimpse of the vastness of knowledge, and the quest to learn precisely the facts of life narrowed down his area of interest to the functioning of the kidneys and the specialisation of Nephrology – a discipline that is complex, yet relatively new and still evolving in terms of complete understanding of renal physiology and pathology. So, Dr. Sengupta decided to study and train for the DM (Doctorate of Medicine) degree in Nephrology. Right from the start of his career, Dr. Sengupta was passionate about Research. During the MD programme he worked on Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Autonomic Neuropathy of Lupus, and Insulin resistance in Diabetics. All these research studies were published in national journals. During his postdoctoral study in Nephrology, he worked on Hemodialysis efficiency, and suggested an angular placement of the Dialyser in order to increase efficiency. This innovative concept was accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Nephrology, Milan, in 2009, and also published in Hemodialysis International. Dr. Sengupta also worked on Plasmapheresis – a blood filtering technique by which toxic and pathogenic immunoglobulins can be removed from the body. He studied the role of Prethymectomy Plasmapheresis in Myasthenia Gravis patients, and his findings were published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The patient-empowered nutritional model for nutritional care of kidney patients is another interesting and innovative area in which Dr. Sengupta has worked for quite a long time. Dr.Pratim Sengupta won the Bharat Jyoti award for his excellency in the field of medicine. He is also the president of our non-governmental organization, The Kidney Care Society. His tireless contribution to provide quality living for his patients is worth mentioning. He introduced Mukti, blending ancient Indian yoga with modern medicine for well being of every patient. He has also introduced an unique online course "Art of Living with diabetes" which is a complete solution to diabetes management. He has authored many books, blogs, for the patients. Searching and researching for solutions to problems in the field of Nephrology remains the passion and dream of Dr. Pratim Sengupta, and he intends to persist on this journey as long as he is conscious. Meanwhile, even as he pursues his dreams, Dr. Sengupta diligently puts into practice all he has learned about Nephrology over the years, at the Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata and ILS hospital,Dumdum where he is available for his patient

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