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Singapore medical team fulfills cancer woman’s wish to visit her children in India

By PTI

SINGAPORE: A cancer-stricken woman’s wish to visit her two children in India was fulfilled by a Singapore medical team, which pulled all stops and arranged for a trip from a hospital here to Tiruchirappalli, according to a media report. According to a media report on Monday.

Ramamurthy Rajeshwari, a permanent resident of Singapore, diagnosed with throat cancer, wanted to visit her two children, aged 12 and nine, who were sent to their home near Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) in Tamil Nadu in January 2019, to take care of their relatives. can be done. Her cancer progressed, Channel News Asia (CNA) reported in an interview with her husband Rajagopalan Kolanchimani.

Rajeshwari died on June 27, 2020, about two weeks after the couple arrived in India.

She was 44 years old.

“She said that if she did not see her children, she would not leave the world, she would remain,” said Kolanchimani.

She was very happy (seeing the children).

She wrote that she was fine, that she would be back and we could be together again,” he said, adding that she was unable to speak but communicated with him using an app.

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

The hospitalization was arranged by his medical team through the Asia Pacific Palliative Care Network at Tan Toc Seng Hospital (TTSH) in Singapore.

“I didn’t believe that would happen. They told us we could go a day before that on June 10, but we didn’t believe it at all. Because the COVID-19 situation was bad, and so was his,” Kolanchimani said.

Rajeshwari was discharged a few days later to go home for her last journey, about 50 km from Trichy.

“Suddenly, she lost consciousness. When I checked, she had no pulse. The doctors had advised her not to revive,” he said.

She had already rejected her doctors’ assessment of how long she had to live.

There was no guarantee that she would even come to India – cancer had ruined her body and it was beginning to fail, he said.

“From a clinical point of view, we didn’t think this was going to happen,” said Dr Tricia Yung, one of Rajeshwari’s palliative doctors at TTSH.

She suffered a few near-death episodes where she bleed a lot, her oxygen level dropped and she lost consciousness.

“She was holding her phone all the time. She was looking at pictures of the kids, the family back home in India,” said Dr. Yung, a associate counselor.

An operation to treat his throat cancer had taken away his ability to speak.

But it was clear to the medical team that Rajeshwari “really, really missed home” and that going back to India was her last wish, the doctor said.

Dr Yung said the team felt “compelled” to fulfill Rajeshwari’s last wish as they were “influenced by her determination and love.”

Rajeshwari’s health was not the only obstacle.

The COVID-19 pandemic had taken hold in India and tens of thousands of new cases were being reported across the country.

Flights from Singapore to India were few and far between.

With the help of Air India, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and the Ministry of External Affairs, Rajeshwari got permission to fly four hours before the flight.

Senior officials from the palliative care department personally visited the airline’s office to inquire about Rajeshwari’s condition and medical condition.

He approached the Ministry of External Affairs 24 hours after the approval was not given.

“The clearance and confirmation came only four hours before the actual flight, so it was such a challenging and adrenaline-rush 48 hours,” Dr.

“We quickly gave her a blood transfusion, topped up her oxygen and made sure all her wounds were well filled,” Dr. Yung said.

He taught Rajeshwari’s caregivers, her husband and her sister what to do in case of a medical emergency on the flight.

Since the flight was fully booked, other passengers left their seats to accommodate Rajeshwari, her husband and her sister.

Kolanchimani said he was grateful to the doctors who worked tirelessly to make the journey possible.

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