For Jyoti, Paras HMRI Hospital Patna and Dr Prakash Kumar Sinha, stand for her name and its meaning. Just when the light of her life was flickering and her family had lost all hope, the team of doctors guided by Dr Prakash Kumar Sinha, Consultant Pulmonology, was able to treat her and get her back to her feet. Suspected to be suffering from recurrent pneumonia, shortness of breath and rhinitis (An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and other similar symptoms due to seasonal changes), Jyoti was under constant hospitalisation and respiratory distress.
Her condition would often worsen with changing seasons and she would suffer from cold-like symptoms, such as sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or a runny nose. Moreover, she would suffer from shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain. Due to the discomfort, she was having disturbed sleep for weeks and her breathing was accompanied by a whistling or wheezing sound.
Suffering from a recent chronic attack, under the suspicion of pneumonia, Jyoti was admitted to Paras Hospital, Patna in a frail condition. The doctors post the physical examinations notified a pulmonologist as the key specialist for her case.
According to Dr Prakash Sinha, Consultant Pulmonology, Paras Hospital Patna, “Jyoti is a perfect case of delayed treatment and improper management due to misdiagnosis. This is also due to the fact that pneumonia usually presents itself in ways similar to asthma. However due to delay her situation became more complicated. We carried a number of tests such as Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) and Peak Expiratory Flow Rate Test (PEFR) and to support her breathing Jyoti was put on a bronchodilator and other medicines. Through the PEFR rate we could predict the patterns of her trigger pulmonary attacks, which were supportive in concluding that she was suffering from chronic asthma and not pneumonia.”
Dr Prakash also states, “According to the WHO, between 100 and 150 million people around the world suffer from asthma. In India, the soaring numbers have reached 15-20 million due to unawareness, misdiagnosis and no precautionary measures. Asthma usually presents itself in childhood and this is the best time to take it with medical management. Early detection and timely treatment is also essential as Asthma cannot be cured completely and can only be managed through medical expertise. Jyoti’s timely diagnosis and specialised treatment is a boon for her. By the time she will be an adult; she shall be aware of her asthma triggers and shall take necessary precautions and medicines to manage the same.”
After a long hospitalisation stint, Jyoti was discharged from the hospital and was also trained to use an inhaler. She is like a new girl, vibrant, active and responsive. Her parents are more than delighted with her recovery. They share, “Earlier we used to crib about the reason our child was suffering. Was it because of the pollution, diet or lifestyle? Today at least we know the person who has given her children back to her- Dr Prakash Sinha. We are indebted to his clinical guidance and constant support. May God bless him.”