A tribal health camp changes the life of this 19-year-old

The National Health Mission and the Epilepsy Foundation has been organising health camps since the last eight years in villages to provide medical facilities to the poor living in remote Adivasi areas . These camps have been instrumental in treating lakhs of patients. One such camp has proved to be a boon for a 19-year-old who was suffering from epilepsy since birth

A tribal health camp changes the life of this 19-year-old

Sheshrao Jivtode (19), who hails from Kitadi village in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra was suffering from epileptic attacks since birth. For the past 19 years, he has been living with this horror every day. But, today, he is completely free from epilepsy. Sheshrao is currently undergoing treatment at Bombay Hospital in Mumbai.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, President of the Epilepsy Foundation and renowned neurologist Dr Nirmal Surya said, “I first met Sheshrao, in the Chandrapur camp, which was organised in February 2018. There we decided to bring him to Mumbai for further treatment.”

Dr Surya further added, “There is no need to undergo surgery for epilepsy in every case. Sheshrao was put on medication. I just adjusted his drug routine and it worked. Since the past 20 days, from which he has been admitted here, He has not suffered an epileptic attack, even once. What is important is that the patient takes his medicine at regular intervals. A number of times, due to the financial constraints, patients stop taking medicines.”

Sheshrao’s father, Damodar Jivtode said, “I did not know whether when my son will become normal. I used to think about this all the time. We had met number of doctors from Chandrapur and Nagpur. Despite that the treatment did not help my son at all. But, now he is fine.”

The on-going treatment has brought a smile on Sheshrao’s face, as he hasn’t suffered an epileptic attack since the last 20 days. Sheshrao added, “I have suffered a lot due to epilepsy. I used to fall down and hurt myself a number of times. But, now I am feeling better. The epileptic attacks and the headaches have gone.”