Someone once wrote, “Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day”.
It was one such day that I was invited by the universe to brighten the life of a little toddler I met in my paediatric wards as an eager and enthusiastic undergraduate. I found her wheezing and coughing due to repeated lung infections caused by multiple birth defects in her heart. Her parents were unfortunately too poor to do anything about it; unable to see the little one suffering, I decided to help in whatever way possible. Surgical correction of the heart defect was the only way forward, but the cost was prohibitive and coming from a middle-class family myself with an allowance just enough to cover my needs, I couldn’t help them alone. It was Mahatma Gandhi who said “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”, determined to do something, I joined hands with some friends and we went about raising funds for this little angel’s treatment. Lo, and behold we found complete strangers opening their hearts and purses to us. In no time, we raised enough money to cover the cost of the child’s surgery. Seeing her recover from the surgery and grow up to be a normal teenager has been the biggest reward for me.
She inspired me to establish this trust, to help people in need, to better their lives. Our tireless efforts since then have yielded tangible results with a number of people benefitting from free medical camps and financial aid. To take our mission forward in making a positive difference to the community we live in, we are planning a free medical clinic and cancer screening centre, which ill work on all days and provide good quality medical care and screening for cancer to the marginalized sections of society.
I am an optimist, I see a future where no one is left behind just because they can’t afford or are not aware. In the words of Dale Wasserman, “I come in a world of iron, to make a world of gold.” Let us all leave the world better than we found it.
Dr. M. Banupriya
MD, FIAMS, CCEPC (Palliative Care)
Senior Consultant Radiation Oncologist
SRM Institute for Medical Sciences
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