Dr. Priya Gokhale has been practising general medicine in Mumbai for the past 28 years. Her tenacity and determination enabled her turn her childhood dream into a reality. Even after being diagnosed with Covid-19, she was diligent in the treatment of her patients.
Right at the beginning of it, all you got to have is faith.
"I have been practicing since 28 years and I have been loving every bit of of my practice"
I wanted to be a doctor ever since I was in school. My dreams did not have a plan B
People were so anxious, they were afraid and did not know what to do. People were losing family members and people were getting depressed at home.
My husband is a doctor too, he unfortunately got COVID. The disease having a ripple effect, made everyone at home, including my house help, test positive for COVID-19. My mentor was my mother-in-law, she was like my mother. She unfortunately succumbed to the disease.
"I wasn't really recovering and it was all just going on. I took a whole month to recover."
Telecommunication is what helped people when they did not know what to do or where to go for consultation. Even while lying on my bed, I was doing online consultations with patients that needed help as it was not only COVID, it was other diseases too.
On World Doctor's Day something kindled within me. I decided not to keep laying on the bed. I just picked up the phone, called up my staff and said that I am coming back to the clinic.
Faith beyond borders, where I treated patients who I never saw or treated before. I saw faith in the choice I made when my patient said that they are doing better. I witnessed faith in humanity when a patient donated a bag full of oximeters for free.
My passion inspires me to know more but faith inspires me on a whole different level. Where even though I may not know what lies ahead, I know very well that eventually everything is going to be alright. Faith is knowing that despite everything that has happened, we'll pick up the pieces and start living again.