For 51-year-old Kavita L, Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Parel is akin to a temple. She reminisces about it as being a haven that granted her a second life. "Even today, when I visit the hospital, I prostrate in front of its gates before entering the premises. Passersby give me curious looks, but I don't care what others think," an emotionally-charged Kavita said.
Eight years ago, when pus and fluid oozed out of her left breast, she was alarmed. Local doctors in Ambernath, whom she had consulted, kept asking her repeatedly to go for consultation. "I was harassed no end by the local doctors. Thrice needles were poked into my breast, but to no avail. Those doctors were not able to reach a conclusion on my treatment," Kavita told dna.
When a local doctor told her that the only viable treatment for her (cancer) was to remove her left breast, she was alarmed. It was then that she decided to consult doctors in Tata Memorial Hospital.
"Dr Vani Parmar and Dr Rajan Badwe were very kind. They examined me and told me that it wouldn't be necessary to remove my breast," said Kavita.
She was also very critical of greedy doctors who tried to appropriate her earnings by suggesting expensive surgeries. She believes that it was the doctors in Tata Memorial who saved her life from being shattered.
"There are very few doctors in India who are ethical. I am extremely lucky to have met doctors who not only saved my life but ensured that the quality of my life did not deteriorate," she concluded.