82-year-old Pune man comes out of 20 days of coma walks again

Narayan Mokashi, a retired government servant, suffered a heart stroke around a month back. He was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for around 20 minutes after which he was put on ventilator for 20 days

82-year-old Pune man comes out of 20 days of coma walks again

A Pune resident was in comatose condition for the last 20 days. But now, he has not only started walking, but is also ready to be discharged from the hospital next week.

Narayan Mokashi, a retired government servant, who is 82-years-old recently suffered a heart stroke around a month back. He was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for around 20 minutes after which he was put on ventilator for 20 days.

When he suffered a heart attack, the blood supply to his brain was stopped and he suffered a hypoxic injury.  As a result of this some nerves in his brain were damaged. While doctors said that these kinds of recoveries are rare to see, they have also given credit to the family which kept their patience intact and also wanted their patient to live.

Dr Abhijeet Lodha, a physician who operates at Ruby Hall Clinic, said, “Many times families lose patience. But when we were trying to get the patient back to life, the family showed immense optimism for all those 20 days while the patient was on the ventilator.”

Dr Santosh Sontakke, a consultant neuro physician at Ruby Hall Clinic said, “The patient’s recovery in the cases of hypoxic injury depends on how severely the oxygen supply was hampered. There were some favourable signs which ensured that the patient will recover. Now the patient is taking the physiotherapy and we will discharge him in the nest week.”

Mokshi is now undergoing physiotherapy. The person who was in a vegetative state for 20 days is now cycling, walking and has even started to recognise people once again.

Indumati Mokashi, his wife, said, “It is hard to believe that my husband is has been brought back to life. We all (family members) had kept up our hopes going and it has paid off. At this age, after going through all the tough treatments, I am happy to see him back on his feet again.”