Dr. Sunil Acharya, a general physician at Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital, recalls a time when he and his colleagues sacrificed “every ounce of energy and faith we had” to save a pregnant mother and her unborn child.
The mother’s condition had deteriorated to the point where Acharya’s team had to administer continuous cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a life-saving method in which the patient’s chest is compressed to maintain proper cardiac rhythm. During this time, the team was also performing a C-section on the woman in order to rescue the child.
All of our efforts were in vain. “Both the mother and the child were not saved,” Acharya says.
Acharya had to break the news to their family with a sorrowful heart. “I’ve been on the other side of this door, not as a doctor, but as a family member who was infected and vulnerable,” he said. Because of his personal experience, he was able to empathize with their pain.
When speaking with the patient’s family, he is sensitive and emotional due to his own experience. He says, “Every time I see a patient’s family, I remember my own state.” Because of his empathy, he treats all of the patients as if they were his own family.
For the past year, the 33-year-old physician has dedicated his time to treating his patients. He began his career at the hospital as the facility’s sole physician, caring for Covid patients.
His job entails a great deal of responsibility, as well as a great deal of emotional suffering. The majority of his patients are pregnant and in a “more compromised” state than other patients. “I have to save not one, but two lives, and it gets quite complicated most of the time,” he explains.
Despite the fact that the mother’s mortality rate is minimal, he still has to pick between the mother and the child. He explained, “Sometimes we are able to preserve both, but sometimes we lose the child.”
He is “totally discouraged” by the decision he must make between the lives of the mother and the child.
He added, “It’s even more difficult to break this news to the family.” He, on the other hand, does not let his empathy get the best of him. “It’s human nature to feel emotional,” he says, “but I try not to let that get in the way of my work.”
He felt relieved when the amount of calls he received dropped once the lockdown was implemented, he claimed.
But this is not the time to be complacent. Acharya is concerned that the number will grow once more. He stated, “The rate of infection has not altered yet.” “The lockdown is ended, but Covid isn’t.”
To contain the epidemic, Acharya believes that everyone, not just the frontline responders, must work together. “Even if the lockdown is finished, it is past time for us to become cautious and remain inside the house,” he stated.