Priti Ingle Jadhav, a paediatrician, and her pathologist husband, Vinod, spent ten years looking after the health of tribals in Malsur and Babulgaon in Akola. Eventually, they decided to move to Akola city in Maharashtra and started working together at the Lady Hardinge hospital.
However, just as they were prepping for life in the city, Vinod met with a road accident which took away his life. A shattered Priti couldn’t do anything to save him, despite frantic calls to the ambulance, doctors and friends.
After her husband’s death, Priti decided to get back to work, though not with full force. It was the case of a dying infant which gave her a fresh start.
Doctors had given up on trying to save the five-day-old baby of two farmers and said that it would be too expensive to treat.
“The infant was dying. The blood urea and serum creatinine levels were extremely high. There was no urine output and the father, an alcoholic, did not seem concerned,” Priti told The Indian Express. She decided to treat the infant.
The baby was admitted to Lady Hardinge hospital. But the problems didn’t end there. It would cost ₹4 lakh for the treatment, and the funding for such an advanced case was limited. Moreover, the hospital did not have a Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) kit, which is used in cases of end-stage renal failure.
Priti personally went hunting for the kit, got it and started the PD cycle along with monitoring the baby every hour. She didn’t sleep for two nights. With ups and downs in the treatment, eight months later there was an improvement.
Just like this, Priti has saved eight other critically ill infants. “I don’t know what happened. Perhaps I saw the hopelessness of the situation, and felt similar pangs of despair like when Vinod could not be saved. I decided to come out of my mourning and start saving such babies,” Priti told The Indian Express.