Mr. Raghuvir Jha, 52 years old, gets emotional when you ask him how he feels. After suffering from chronic asthma for 40 years and facing numerous life threatening and severe asthmatic attacks he is now healthy and is able to confidently say that his ailment is now well managed. This medical feat has been achieved by a team of dedicated doctors and critical care specialists, headed by Dr Maqsood Alam, Consultant Pulmonology at Paras Hospitals, Darbhanga.
According to Mr. Raghuvir Jha, he experienced the first asthmatic attack when he was 10 yrs old. “At that time, no one could understand what I was going through. There was no awareness concerning asthma and none of the doctors could diagnose the reasons I was experiencing sudden breathlessness and discomfort. My family thought it to be black magic and my siblings thought that I was just seeking attention. No one could understand that this ailment was crippling me and restricting my childhood. I could not play for long and my nights, especially during the rains, were associated with exceptional discomfort. On numerous occasions, I was hospitalized and the doctors would often inject me with sedatives and give me medicines that would taste like poison. I have lived with this disease throughout my life and I had totally given up on myself because of the same,” shares Mr. Raghuvir Jha.
His wife, who has been his support system and constant companion in his fight against asthma shares, “Initially the doctors recommended inhalers and by the time he was 38 yrs old, he was totally dependent on them. By 50 years, his situation had become so chronic that doctors recommended a nebulizer. He had to take premature retirement from his government job and limit his exposure. Our life totally revolved around hospitals, medicines and precautionary measures to keep him healthy.”
However all hell broke loose when one day Mr. Raghuvir Jha suffered a life threatening asthma attack and collapsed in the middle of a market place. Unconcerned people passed by without paying attention, until some noble citizens took him to Paras Hospital, Darbhanga. Mr. Raghuvir Jha had arrived at the hospital unconscious and had suffered from a respiratory arrest.
According to Dr Maqsood Alam, “Asthma is a lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, causing wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing at night or early morning. It starts mostly in childhood but affects all age groups. According to the WHO, between 300 million people around the world suffer from asthma. In India, the soaring numbers have reached 12 – 15% and the same continue to rise due to the lack of awareness. “
He further states, “Mr. Raghuvir Jha’s case is a perfect example of how an asthma case was neglected in its nascent stages which led to further complications. It is important to know that Asthma cannot be cured and can only be managed with proper medications and medical attention. Mr. Raghuvir Jha was given emergency respiratory assistance and we analyzed the condition of his airways through a bronchoscopy and other pulmonary tests PFT and CBC, RFT, Chest X Ray, ABG analysis. PFT was less than 40%. He had severe Asthma with LRTI. We also analysed his daily schedule to understand the triggers causing the asthmatic attacks and stabilized his condition by suggesting few life style modifications. Continuous treatment with hospitalization and follow up resulted in exceptional clinical outcomes and today Mr. Raghuvir Jha is better and doesn’t feel caught up in a maze created by Asthma.”
Mr. Raghuvir Jha shares, “I wish that I could have met Dr Maqsood earlier. With his exceptional approach I would not have lost on my youth. I am indebted for his clinical support and able guidance. I can truly feel free , breathe free and be independent from the shackles of asthma that were pulling me down.”
Dr Maqsood and his team of doctors practice evidence based medicine to treat mild to chronic cases of pulmonary diseases such as asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bronchitis, emphysema, to list a few.