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 […]

For kids with chronic illness, their parents are their real superheroes

Many parents devote their lives to caring for their child’s medical needs, but let their own physical and mental health suffer. Here’s an account of Beverly Baker-Ajene who has put her child’s needs over everything else

For kids with chronic illness, their parents are their real superheroesFifteen-year-old Savitri Yami Baker loves to belt a tune. “They can hear her from three houses away,” Savitri’s 26-year-old sister, Victoria Ajene, jokes. This comes as a surprise, as Savitri often has challenges breathing when she speaks. The Clovis, California, girl has the neurological disorder cerebral palsy. “She’ll speak, and before she finishes her sentence, […]

Robin Williams’ wife shares their struggles with Lewy body disease

The disease, an umbrella term to dementia related to the presence of Lewy bodies (abnormal deposits of a type of protein) in the brain, affects millions across the globe

Robin Williams’ wife shares their struggles with Lewy body disease“I am not a medical professional, and I am not a spokesperson for anyone. I am a witness,” says Susan Schneider Williams, the widow of famed Hollywood actor Robin Williams. “What my husband and I went through at the hand of Lewy body disease was so horrifying that I want to see the cause eradicated. […]

Born HIV positive, this Mumbai teenager chooses to make her life better

On World AIDS Day, 15-year-old Bandra resident says she has faced bitter times as a child trying to hide her HIV positive status, but has not given up on life

Born HIV positive, this Mumbai teenager chooses to make her life betterAt a tender age of 15, Gauri Jadhav (name changed) has a tough task of hiding the fact that she is HIV positive at school and at the same time, handle effects of this deadly infection with a smile on her face. A Bandra resident, Gauri’s parents are HIV positive and she was born with […]

Path-breaking surgery in Pune is newest hope for diabetics

Pancreas and kidney transplant give 28-year-old Type-1 diabetic patient in Pune new lease of life

Path-breaking surgery in Pune is newest hope for diabeticsIn what is touted as a first-of-its-kind medical miracle in Maharashtra, a team of doctors at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune successfully performed simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplantation surgery on a 28-year old patient early on Monday morning. The patient, resident of Pune was taken up for the surgery after family of a brain dead patient agreed to […]

Coimbatore mourns the passing away of ‘20 rupees doctor’

In times when medical treatments are becoming exorbitant by the day, Dr Balasubramanian won hearts with his Rs5 to Rs20 fees. After the news spread, the cops found it difficult to handle the crowd gathered at his clinic in Coimbatore

Coimbatore mourns the passing away of ‘20 rupees doctor’The city of Coimbatore has been engulfed in mourning the demise of Dr Balasubramanian, a general physician who only charged Rs20 for treatment. Dr Balasubramanian, fondly called as ‘20 rupees doctor’, ran a clinic for twelve years at Sidhapudur, near Gandhipuram. He passed away at his residence at Singanallur on last weekend. The doctor had a […]

How a drug changed her life and helped her get over cancer anxiety

One woman describes her powerful experience in a clinical trial of the drug psilocybin

How a drug changed her life and helped her get over cancer anxietySurviving cancer is a milestone every patient wants to reach, but waiting to hear if the cancer has recurred is its own nightmare. In 2010, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and even though my chemotherapy was a success, my anxiety made me a mess. I was approaching the two-year mark of being cancer-free (most […]

Tragic: British girl, 14, to be cryogenically frozen so she might live again after historic court victory

The youngster knew she only had weeks to live when she wrote a heart breaking letter to a judge asking to be frozen until a cure could be found

Tragic: British girl, 14, to be cryogenically frozen so she might live again after historic court victoryKnowing she had only weeks to live rather than her whole life ahead of her, a dying schoolgirl desperately turned to cryogenics in the hope she could one day be brought back. Described as a “bright, intelligent young person”, the tragic 14-year-old spent her last month’s fervently researching how she could be frozen until a […]