Saturday, January 4, 2014
Vipin Kumar of Ramgarhi in Bulandshahar, Uttar Pradesh, fondly called as Vipin is a name familiar among all the volunteers of our Palliative Care under DNipCare as many of them met him, interacted, befriended and cared this merely 20 years old boy who was suffering from Ewing’s Sarcoma. The first bed in the ground floor hall dormitory of Sir Soba Singh Dharamshala of Delhi State Cancer Institute was always had Mr. Vipin as its occupant with a wryly smile on his face to the visitors. Even while undergoing the perils of Chemotherapy and Radio therapy he loved to read anything and everything to forget his worries though he could not complete his schooling beyond 11th standard due to spread of the disease. Student volunteers were therefore very much fond of him and used to give him books and reading materials.
Hip amputation from AIIMS in July 2013 to contain the tentacles of the Cancer Crab, which made a big lump on his left thigh, was a turning point in his life as management of the large amputation wound was in the hands of DNipCare nursing volunteers as Vipin was discharged from the hospital on the very next week of amputation. The experience of a patient instructing the carers used to be not only a novel experience to all those well qualified and experienced nurses from premier medical institutes, but also the beginning of a friendship bond for them with this boy. Suresh Thaliyaril, Abdul Latheef, Lijin Raj, Shoukath, Justin G, Binnu, Fameer, Shyju CV, Ajith Mohan, Jinesh, Jafer, Linesh, Shabeer Ali, Shilpa Babu, Caroline Arthur etc., to name a few were always there to attend to him when he was in Dharamshala of AIIMS, Hospice Centre of CanKids and Dharamshala of DSCI. The nursing staff of CanSupport was also there to provide him nursing care from their outlet in Dilshad Garden. Even after losing one leg, Vipin struggled and fought with the disease to the maximum, but finally succumbed to the destiny and left us all at 12.30 AM on 1st January 2014 when the entire world was celebrating the arrival of New Year.
Let us pray for the departed soul to rest in peace. Let us also pray for providing adequate strength to his bereaved family including his parents to cope up with the loss of their young boy.
General Secretary, DNipCare