“As a doctor, I feel happiness comes in small moments. The times when you diagnose correctly, give someone hope, and sometimes save a life. I love my work and wouldn't have it any other way."
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Did you know, every 15 seconds someone needs platelets to survive? Platelets must be used within five days and new donors are needed every day. For millions of patients across the globe, they are essential to surviving and fighting cancer, chronic diseases, and traumatic injuries. Doing something about this and making a difference is something I am very proud of.
While I was at KEM, I started a platelet donation drive where undergraduate students and residents would go and donate platelets at Tata Memorial Hospital. Platelet donation is a 1.5-hour process where blood is drawn from both arms. It’s been over 3 years, and to date about 500 KEM students go every year to support the cause. I myself have donated 19 times and I’m deeply gratified.
As a doctor, I feel happiness comes in small moments. The times when you diagnose correctly, give someone hope, and sometimes save a life. I love my work and wouldn't have it any other way.
Two weeks back, we had a young mother come in as a patient. She had delivered a baby only 17 days back through a c-section and was experiencing acute upper abdominal pain. Her health kept deteriorating, and none of us could find the right reason. The fact that she was a recent mother was distressing to us all. All blood investigations returned blank results because her blood samples were extremely lipemic (whitish blood, unlike the usual red color) and it would get clotted every time we sent it, which was abnormal. We clinched that clue and diagnosed her to be a case of Hypertriglyceridemia causing pancreatitis which was exacerbated by her recent pregnancy and hypothyroidism. An extremely rare case, which we had read about but had never seen. Situations like these really test a doctor in skill, emotion, knowledge and communication."
If you wish to support the cause and donate platelets you can reach out via comments on this post or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll connect you to Dr. Parth.