The survivor of fatal diseases and cancer spans 25 years;  The doctor defends a position that he does not say die to patients

The survivor of fatal diseases and cancer spans 25 years; The doctor defends a position that he does not say die to patients

Even after suffering from many diseases and health conditions, Dr. Kinari still lives his life with enthusiasm.

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New Delhi: Dr. Aaron Kinari, a renowned Radiologist in Pune, calls himself “Doctor Patient” after surviving two open-heart surgeries, pacemaker implants, five major surgeries, and colon cancer. This is not the end, he has also undergone 12 angiograms and six angioplasties over the course of 25 years. Not only that, he also underwent most of these diseases and surgeries after the age of 50 and came out of them unchecked.
In his book, Diary of a Patient Doctor, Dr. Kinari documents his experience and all the ups and downs of his health journey. He describes himself as “God’s favorite son” and advises his patients not to give up and give in. In an interview with Indian Express“I’ve always wanted to live for my family and maybe that’s why I’ve survived despite facing certain death so many times,” says Dr. Kinari. During his healthcare journey, he also developed a “don’t say you die” attitude which helped him fight many health conditions.
It all started with a heart attack on January 4, 1997. Dr. Kinari had a heart attack in the early hours of the morning and was rushed to the hospital where he was given an injection and Dr. Kinari survived. Although he recovered, he had many side effects and complications. He had a series of fainting episodes caused by Sick Sinus Syndrome, a heart defect.

Describing the episode of the heart attack, he said, “The chest pain was sharp, but I still remember the look on my wife’s face. I was completely lost. As a doctor, I thought these were my last moments when I heard the cardiologist urgently order a defibrillator.” He adds that on the third day after the heart attack, he developed respiratory failure due to drug poisoning. Speaking about angioplasty, Dr Kinari says: “In those days angioplasty was not routinely performed in Pune and I still remember the wise advice a friend gave me not to undergo surgery at the age of 48 while preserving mammals (the blood vessels used in bypass surgery as a graft) for later use.” He underwent an angioplasty in Chennai where they found two lumps in his blood vessels and thus, Dr. Samuel Mathew had two stents inserted.

After all the health problems Dr. Kinari went through, he was careful while traveling abroad, however, routine checkups and tests did not reveal any kind of problem. But then he experienced unconsciousness, vomiting, and occasional incontinence for more than five years. Then he suffered an episode of atrial fibrillation. “There was a problem with the heart’s conduction system called Sick Sinus syndrome,” he says. “That means I need a pacemaker.”

In 2015, Dr. Kinari suffered from abdominal pain that was later diagnosed as colon cancer. He had to undergo many surgeries and during his stay in the hospital he also contracted a fungal infection known as endocarditis. He was given an intravenous injection of amphotericin B and all of this made him stay in the hospital every day for about four hours. However, during it all, he again suffered from a heart condition as he had to undergo an open heart operation.

He remembers the years before the colostomy was closed, and says doctors had to make an opening to collect stool in the colostomy bag. “If I had to travel, I would have cleaned the bag before leaving. Despite planning, I got into an awkward situation where the bag would rip and my clothes would be contaminated with excrement.”

Even after suffering from many diseases and health conditions, Dr. Kinari still lives his life with enthusiasm, and so he advises his patients to ‘Never Say Death’. In his book, he describes, “As a physician, I come across patients who fall victim to serious health problems that lead to long-term depression and permanent disabilities. Some of them may be really very serious but not necessarily hopeless. It is upsetting when patients give up easily or succumb to adversity. It is also frustrating. To see family members and friends that their loved ones have quit. But it is all the more sad for an experienced doctor whose life goal is to relieve such pain.”

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