The Lucknow doctor, who was airlifted to Hyderabad in July for a lung transplant, has lost the battle for life.
Dr. Sharda Suman, a resident doctor at the Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences (RMLIMS), died on Sunday night while awaiting a lung transplant at the KIMS Hospital in Hyderabad. After testing positive for Covid in April of this year, her lungs were seriously harmed. She contracted the virus while on Covid duty.
While on ventilator support, Dr. Suman gave birth through emergency caesarean surgery. she is survived by her husband and a five-month-old baby girl.
“We have been told by the doctors at KIMS Hospital that Dr. Sharda Suman passed away on September 5 night,” stated Prof P.K. Das, head of anesthesia department, RMLIMS. Dr. Sharda had been airlifted to KIMS hospital on July 11 and had been awaiting a lung transplant since then.
Despite passing all of the necessary tests for the transplant, she was unable to have the life-saving operation due to a problem called a Tracheoesophageal Fistula (TEF) in her trachea and food pipe.
“This poses the threat of any liquid or food ingested through the mouth travelling directly to the lungs,” her husband, Dr. Ajay Kumar, had said. Stomach reflexes can also enter the lungs. Under such a condition, a lung transplant cannot be done. Though the condition had started developing when she was under treatment in RMLIMS, it aggravated with time after arrival in Hyderabad.”
Dr. Kumar and senior RMLIMS officials had met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to seek financial help for Dr. Suman’s treatment and the Chief Minister had sanctioned Rs 1.5 crore for the transplant.