Kerala: Hindu doctor recites Islamic prayers for patient on death bed, netizens salute her.
A Hindu doctor from Kerala’s Palakkad has won over many hearts after she recited prayers for a Muslim patient suffering from Covid-19. n what may be symbolic of humanity triumphing over the petty considerations that divide us, a Kerala doctor’s act of goodwill is winning plaudits from all corners. The reason? Dr Rekha Krishnan, who works at a private hospital in Palakkad, recited Islamic prayers to a Muslim patient who was sinking due to Covid-19 related complications.
The female patient was hospitalised two weeks ago and was on a ventilator due to pneumonia. Her relatives were not allowed to see her due to Covid treatment protocols.
By May 17, the patient’s condition was worsening and her organs had started to shut down. It was decided that she would be taken off ventilator support as there was very little that the doctors could do at that point. Her family was also informed about the same.
Dr Krishnan was with the patient as her condition deteriorated, and went over and beyond the line of duty to provide solace in some shape or form to the woman in her final moments. At that time, Krishnan said she was thinking not as a doctor, but as a human. “With none of their relatives around her, I thought I should do something for the patient. Since I was brought up in the UAE, I knew about these prayers and practices. I gently recited this prayer and closed her eyes. As I concluded, the patient took a deep breath and then the line flattened,” she shared.
Even though the episode made a deep impact on her, she did not relate it to anyone except a colleague, Dr Mustafa. The incident came to light when the latter wrote a Facebook post detailing Dr Krishnan’s act of compassion. The post went viral on social media, with all and sundry praising the doctor for her gesture to ease a patient’s departure from the mortal coil. “Nobody understands the stress we doctors are under. Due to Covid, we have now become the family of these patients,” Dr Krishnan signed off.