Manipal Hospital’s Dr. Govind Nandakumar runs 3km in traffic jam to perform laparoscopic gallbladder surgery on time

  • Dr. Govind Nandakumar left his car in traffic jam and ran for 45 minutes to cover 3 kilometers to perform an emergency laparoscopic gallbladder surgery on time

Kolkata: Manipal Hospitals has always stood beside the patients whether it is about performing critical surgeries or attending the patients on time. Taking the trust of the patients on the Hospital one step further, Dr. Govind Nandakumar of Manipal Hospitals not only gave a new lease of life by performing a critical surgery on time but also built confidence in the patients and their families about the dedicated doctors and the services of the Manipal Hospitals.

A video of Dr. Govind Nandakumar, a Gastroenterology Surgeon at Manipal Hospitals, running on the Bengaluru roads had gone viral on social media. Recently, Dr. Govind Nandakumar was driving to perform a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery when he got stuck in traffic on the Bengaluru road. After waiting for some time and seeing no movement in the traffic, Dr. Nandakumar thought he had waited enough and now he must do something. Realizing that delay could put his patient in danger, he left his car behind and ran the remaining 3 kilometers distance in 45 minutes to perform the crucial surgery, but on a normal day that distance would have taken him about 10 minutes by car.

Dr. Govind Nandakumar had to run to reach the premises on time for conducting the surgery. His team was ready with initial arrangements for the procedure and Dr. Nandakumar arrived on scheduled time to perform the laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. Surgery was successful and the patient was discharged on time.

Dr. Govind Nandakumar, Consultant – Gastrointestinal Surgery, Manipal Hospitals, said, “I had to reach Hospital from Cunningham Road. That day I had to conduct a laparoscopy surgery and had to start on time as it was important for the patient and others who were awaiting treatment. Due to heavy rains and water-logging, there was a traffic pile up a few kilometers ahead of the hospital. It normally takes 30-45 minutes from my home to reach the hospital. On that day there was a traffic jam. When I checked on Google, it showed 45 minutes to cover the last stretch, which otherwise takes around 10 minutes. The traffic was not moving and I did not want to waste any more time waiting for the traffic to clear up so I decided to leave my car with my driver and run to the hospital because I did not want to keep my patients waiting for long. I ran three kms to hospital, and was in time for the surgery on that day but that this is not the first time I faced such a situation. I have had to make the journey on foot a few times in other areas of Bengaluru too. I was not anxious since our Hospital has adequate staff and infrastructure to take good care of a patient.”

Dr. Govind Nandakumar has his expertise in Advanced Laparoscopy Gastrointestinal, Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, GI and Liver Oncosurgery. He is also an expert in the field of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohns and Ulcerative Colits treatments. His interests are in advanced GI surgery Laparoscopy, Robotics, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Liver and HPB surgery. He has a particular interest in surgery for GI and liver Cancers and in the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

About Manipal Hospitals: Manipal Hospitals is one of India’s foremost multi-specialty healthcare providers catering to both Indian and international patients. We are a part of the Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), a leader in the areas of education and healthcare. With more than 7500 operational beds, our commitment to the overall well-being of an individual is at the core of everything we do. Through our network of hospitals and experienced team of medical professionals, we provide quality and affordable healthcare to everyone. Contact: 8910006491 or 9051029729.

Manipal Hospitals Outreach Clinic in Kolkata is situated at Unus Diagnostic, Kamalgazi, EM Bypass. Phone – 8910006491/9051029729. The Clinic aims to provide the residents of Kolkata and its adjoining areas a complete solution regarding health-related queries, offering the very best of services close at hand.

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