No ray of hope for 2-year-old toddler weighing 31.7kg as medicine to cure him is still unavailable

Shreejit, who stays in Pune, suffers from a rare condition – Leptin Gene mutation or deficiency – which does not have a cure in India. Needs to be flown to London, but, his parents do not have money

No ray of hope for 2-year-old toddler weighing 31.7kg as medicine to cure him is still unavailableLike any other parent of a two-year-old toddler, Pune-based Shreejit Hingankar’s parents too feel like picking him up in their arms and playing with him. It has, however, been several months since they haven’t done that. Because Shreejit is not like any other baby, being a mere two-year-old, he already weighs a massive 31.7kg. Shreejit suffers […]

‘My husband’s kiss can kill me’

Johanna Watkins, suffers from Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, a rare disorder of the immune system, which means she is allergic to almost everything, including her husband's scent

‘My husband’s kiss can kill me’Johanna and Scott Watkins’s date nights are very different from other couples. “Scott and I will try to watch a show together. We can’t be in the room together, because I’m allergic to him, but he will be three floors below me in a room on his laptop and I will be on mine and […]

Tragic story of a 16-year-old who went to bed healthy and died from sepsis just hours after waking up

Sepsis affects 150,000 people a year and kills an estimated 44,000, of whom 1,000 are children. It is usually triggered by an infection but escalates rapidly, sparking a vicious immune response in which the body attacks its own vital organs

Tragic story of a 16-year-old who went to bed healthy and died from sepsis just hours after waking upA 16-year-old boy who went to sleep perfectly healthy died from sepsis just hours after waking up the next morning. Adam Tolfree, from Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, was rushed to hospital on Saturday morning after his family became concerned. He had woken up with a rash – a tell-tale sign of the deadly blood infection, throwing up […]

Heartbroken mother shares last moments of 14-month-old son to raise awareness about meningitis

Gaynor McConnell wants people to know a rash isn't always a sign of meningitis, as she lost her 14-month-old son to the deadly disease after staff missed signs 

Heartbroken mother shares last moments of 14-month-old son to raise awareness about meningitisA heartbroken mother has released the final picture of her dying 14-month-old son to raise awareness of meningitis. Gaynor McConnell, 33, from Manchester, wants to show other parents the disease doesn’t always start with a mottled rash after she lost her son, Cayden, to it. Despite her ordeal, she has decided to publicise the shocking […]

Mumbai’s first paediatric heart transplant girl prepares for 12th exams exactly a year after her historic surgery

Sweden D'Souza's father is happy with her recovery. He is also trying hard to manage money for medicines, which cost Rs15,000 per month

Mumbai’s first paediatric heart transplant girl prepares for 12th exams exactly a year after her historic surgeryDiagnosed with an end-stage heart disease, doctors had told teenager Sweden D’Souza that her survival chances were only up to six months if she did not undergo a transplant surgery. While she was inching close to death, on January 2, 2016, Sweden’s desperate prayers were answered when she received a call from Mulund’s Fortis Hospital […]

Awaiting heart donor for his three-year-old daughter, father desperately prays for a miracle

In October My Medical Mantra had reported about Yogesh Mule’s struggle to collect funds for his daughter Aaradhya, who was diagnosed with end-stage heart disease in April

Awaiting heart donor for his three-year-old daughter, father desperately prays for a miracleYogesh Mule is waiting for a miracle which can save his three-year-old daughter Aaradhya, who was diagnosed with end-stage heart disease in April this year. Aaradhya, who is under treatment at Fortis Hospital, suffered a heart failure due to viral myocarditis – a viral infection affecting heart’s functioning. Only 10% of her heart is functioning. […]

Mumbai woman amazes doctors, survives on dialysis for 17 years

31-year-old Ganisha Mohite, daughter of a handcart-puller, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease 17 years ago. Poverty and unable to find donor in family has forced her to undergo dialysis for so long

Mumbai woman amazes doctors, survives on dialysis for 17 yearsIt’s been 17 years since Ganisha Mohite has been visiting Holy Spirit Hospital thrice a week to undergo dialysis. Doctors treating Mohite say poverty and unable to find a suitable donor in family has forced Mohites to embrace this struggle for life. Mohite, a 31-year-old Andheri (Mumbai) resident, and her parents have however surprised doctors […]

Conjoined twins seen for the first time without bandages as they head to rehab after separation

Jadon and his brother Anias were separated in a 27-hour surgery on October 13. It has been the fastest recovery in history although Anias's progress is slower

Conjoined twins seen for the first time without bandages as they head to rehab after separationFormerly conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald have transferred to a new hospital to begin rehabilitation nine weeks after being separated. The twins were separated in a 20-hour procedure at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx on October 13 and 14. On Wednesday, they left the New York City hospital that had been their home […]

The Last Dispatch

A reporter’s memoir of her struggle against cancer

The Last DispatchOn 29 July 2016, the journalist Sumegha Gulati died at the age of 26, after suffering for four years from Hodgkin’s lymphoma—a type of blood cancer. Gulati did not stop working, and produced several pieces of journalism during her illness, two of which were published by The Caravan. In her last three months, she worked […]

35 per cent of her body weight was tumour. Five-year-old girl saved by Sion Hospital doctors

Abandoned by parents, teen brother rushes girl to hospital after she was wrongly treated by a quack

35 per cent of her body weight was tumour. Five-year-old girl saved by Sion Hospital doctorsAbandoned by their parents, Sadashiv, 18, decided to take up responsibility of his five-year-old sister, Vaishnavi, after a quack branded her with hot iron to treat her complaints of severe stomach pain. An alert and worried Sadashiv, a resident of Panvel, soon realised that there was something wrong with his sister which needed immediate medical […]