Sportspersons court injuries all the time. Playing a high-energy sport that requires lightning-quick reflexes takes its toll on the body. Well, just ask Parupalli Kashyap, who dislocated his shoulder in the match against HS Prannoy, in the Premier Badminton League. It was a doctor at the venue as a fan, who was a lucky coincidence for the shuttler. He was able to come back from what would have been a career-threatening injury, according to the Indian Express.
It was Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala who saved Kashyap’s shoulder that fateful night, after transporting him in a car and travelling to a small clinic that was open for an MRI, to get a scan. The badminton player was informed by the doctor that he had a complete shoulder dislocation.
It was the same doctor that had operated on Kashyap’s knee, and had told him not to participate in the Olympics. Kashyap is appreciative of the fact that the doctor was frank, forthright and direct.
It is hence little wonder that many top athletes consult with Dr Pardiwala. Around 12 of 66 medallists at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have benefitted from Pardiwala’s expertise.
The Director (arthroscopy and sports orthopaedics), at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital, has patched many Indian athletes. Akhil Kumar the boxer, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Vikas Krishnan, Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, the three medal-winning Phogat cousins and rugby captain Hrishi Pendse, and most top kabaddi stars are among the athletes he has treated. He has also treated some Indian cricketers, whose cases are bound by confidentiality clauses.
The doctor had also attended to Vinesh Phogat, who got stretchered off at Rio. He was the one who helped Vinesh bounce back, to eventual success later in her career.
Boxer Akhil gave testimony to the doctor’s expertise and told the Indian Express that he makes his patients feel comfortable. After his operation in August 2007, Akhil underwent an 8-week rehab and qualified for the Beijing Olympics at a meet where he was incidentally declared the ‘Best Boxer’.
It is Dr Pardiwala’s efficient assessments coupled with discreet confidentiality, that India’s top athletes trust him with their injuries or medical requirements.
The surgeon is one of the many factors that form a support system so our top athletes can risk everything and put in their 100%, whenever they play the sport they love and represent our nation.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)