JS. London – Cataract surgery and combined DSAEK transplant surgery for Fuchs dystrophy
I feel the need to write to you, expressing my heartfelt thanks for the successful conclusion of the surgery you have performed on me during the past months, even though mere words are not adequate for this expression.
In my 69th year, I am of a generation wherein this technology was not even dreamed about.
When I was 9 years old, I contracted diptheria. 4 other children in the same hospital and with the same disease, died. I was lucky enough to have had the new vaccination.
Today diptheria has been all but eradicated in developed countries, with only 2 cases being reported in the United States, so far, in the 21st Century.
My mother died at the age of 45, from a then inoperable heart condition, which now is being cured as a matter of course, on a daily, even hourly basis.
When I was young, if we heard of an elderly relative contracting cancer, we virtually wrote them off in our mind – the rate of cure being so low as to be almost non-existent.
Likewise, a man of my age with the eye condition which I had, would have been told by even the most eminent of eye specialists, ‘Listen, old man, you’re just unlucky. Be grateful for your 68 years of sight, and start learning to live without it.’
Thus it is, that you may now realise, why I was quite amazed when you thanked me recently for ‘sticking with you’, after the first 2 operations had not taken.
I was so grateful to be living in an age where this technology was available, that I had total faith in you, and could not even conceive of going elsewhere for treatment – even had I known where else to go!
You are indeed, a remarkable human being, Romesh, and I’m not just talking about your undoubted surgical skills. You are remarkable due to your genuine care and consideration for your patients, which goes above and far beyond your call of duty. And it is this quality which is virtually unique these days in the medical profession, and indeed in most other professions too.
In Biblical times, to be able to restore sight, was considered a miracle.
What you have done for me, I personally consider to be tantamount to a miracle, and I am eternally grateful for it.
Though I cannot conceive of a circumstance where you would require it, I nonetheless assure you that, should you ever need my written or oral endorsement, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I thank you most sincerely, and extend my kindest wishes and fondest regards.