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A Pakistani national was given a new lease on life by Indian doctors who performed a risky heart surgery on him at Bandra's Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai. — Photo courtesy: Creative Commons
A Pakistani national was given a new lease on life by Indian doctors who performed a risky heart surgery on him at Bandra's Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai. — Photo courtesy: Creative Commons

MUMBAI: A Pakistani national was given a new lease on life by Indian doctors who performed a risky heart surgery on him at Bandra's Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai, said a report published on The Times of India.

57-year-old Zafar Ahmed Lali, who weighed over 125 kilograms, had five blood vessel blockages and a defective aortic valve — escalating surgical risk to thrice as much as other patients.

The heart surgery and aortic valve replacement were performed on April 18 using arteries from within the patient's chest instead of his leg, as is the norm with such procedures.

Vice-Chairman Asian Heart Institute Dr. Ramakanta Panda said, "Even though at AHI, we have done up to 12 grafts in a patient, the blockages in this patient's case were extremely critical. We had to use only arteries from inside his chest to perform all bypasses. In addition the aortic valve was also replaced, making this a high risk surgery."

He added he was glad that the patient had chosen to come to India for the procedure.

Lali's health problems were exacerbated due to his sedentary lifestyle and chain-smoking habit.

In November 2014, after undergoing an Electrocardiogram (ECG), Lali was advised an angiography, which detected five blockages.

Zafar began to reduce his weight, managing to lose 20kgs by March 2015.

Although he was advised by a physician to approach the Cleveland Clinic in the United States, cost constraints forced him to search for other options.

He was operated within five days after arriving in India on April 13. Dr. Panda says the patient's recovery has been smooth.

Lali — who hails from a political family in Pakistan — said, "I find myself lucky that despite being a Pakistani, I could get through very easily and seek the best care."

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Najeeb May 20, 2015 02:43pm

good job doctors

Oops... May 20, 2015 02:45pm

What's new ?

Anuj May 20, 2015 02:46pm

Indian docs are best in ASIA no doubt

Kamran May 20, 2015 02:47pm

It is very important for the PAKISTANIES & INDIANS who live in their countries to undertstand that there is a HUGE number of pakistanies and indians living abroad and they are good friends. Infact, they help each other alot. My Son's critical treatment was done by an indian doctor and he helped alot. WHY DONT people back home understand that due to BAD POLITICIANS we face the hater problem ! I request every one to re think ! there are many reasons why pak n india should have good relations and trust me this is not impossible !!! it will improve lives for sure.

Rbahadur, India May 20, 2015 02:48pm

India has made Visa rules for Pakistani patients very easy. Anybody wanting to make use of Indian health care will get Visa with out any hassles. Now that's called CBM.

Kamran May 20, 2015 02:51pm

Great efforts. Really It was extremely serious and sensitive Operation.

Akbaruddin May 20, 2015 02:53pm

India is placed among the top three medical tourism destinations in Asia, mainly due to the low cost of treatment, quality healthcare infrastructure and availability of highly-skilled doctors. India's medical tourism sector is a $2 billion industry. An estimated 150,000 of foreigners travel to India for low-priced healthcare procedures every year.

deepu May 20, 2015 02:54pm

This is what Doctors are trained for!

Danyal May 20, 2015 03:00pm

This is " Incredible India". Cost effective and successful surgery. Thanks for coming here & believing in us.

Fearless May 20, 2015 03:00pm

Thank you India, our cousins.

Dinesh Singh May 20, 2015 03:07pm

Good job but then it is expected from human beings that they help each other. Let the humanity and kindness win again and again.

Syed Husain May 20, 2015 03:16pm

It is up to each individual to take care of themselves since the doctors can only help you up to a point.

Mehtab May 20, 2015 03:23pm

Well done

Gkthtechie May 20, 2015 03:23pm

As Indian, I would say, be it pakistani or any nationalities/religion, our doctors will give exact same treatment. After all human life is priceless.

Gaurav Arya May 20, 2015 03:26pm

Get well soon, brother. Welcome to India.

tashu May 20, 2015 03:31pm

India is a perfect place for medical tourism.

Q Adil May 20, 2015 03:31pm

Thank you India, for taking care of our fat countryman.

byju May 20, 2015 03:33pm

nothing new here. many pakistanis have been coming to india for medical purposes since the last decade. we provide best medical facilities at very reasonable rates.

Axact May 20, 2015 03:34pm

This happens every day with patients from all over the world.Nothing new

dharmndra Goel May 20, 2015 03:35pm

all men ofGood will shall wish long life to JanabLalli who has chosen Dr RamakantPanda ofBandra heart Foundation than costlier appointment in Cleveland in 'states. we are happy that human concernsget priority in thesubcontinent than mutual scares ,as yetin thetwo neighbouringCountries. D. Goel

Harmony-1 May 20, 2015 03:36pm

This should mend some wounds!

Azmeen May 20, 2015 03:36pm

A typical relation b/w doctor & patient. Nothing special.

Zahid May 20, 2015 03:40pm

Thanks India....Love and respect for you....

Sunil May 20, 2015 03:41pm

To get an Indian visa for many Pakistanis, its a time consuming, takes two to three months, must make shorter, for dire need of medical assistance.

ragu May 20, 2015 04:01pm

This is how the two nations should co-exist and support each other.

Sandeep Singh May 20, 2015 04:07pm

@Najeeb Good Job Indians

Sohail May 20, 2015 04:09pm

While it's commendable what has been achieved, excellent facilities exist in Pakistan. It's just a matter of having trust in own doctors. Get well soon Lali Sahib!

Sud_India May 20, 2015 04:10pm

Citizens of these 2 countries can achieve what our Establishment cannot. Good Job Doctors.

waqt786 May 20, 2015 04:11pm

@Axact Dear brother how about this girl Saba Tarikh Ahmed

Large-hearted Mumbai embraces Pakistani teen with rare illness - See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/large-hearted-mumbai-embraces-pakistani-teen-with-rare-illness/16216152#sthash.phzq53wa.dpuf

zafar May 20, 2015 04:12pm

Well Done. And better to help each other out than to kick each other about.

Keep it up

Pk May 20, 2015 04:14pm

Hoping him and speedy recovery and good health.

Saju Menon May 20, 2015 04:15pm

Great Job done guys.....Humanity is much much higher than religion country and caste.....Historically Indians are known for that. Brother, get well soon. God bless

Indian May 20, 2015 04:16pm

I feel good when I see we are developing in most of the fields including medical and not only able to help our own people but our neighbors too. But still we need to put more hard to make India a better place for human being.

Rashid Sultan May 20, 2015 04:24pm

This clearly supports 'one nation' theory under 'two nations' practice. Over time, hopefully the man made borders will become irrelevant & people can travel as, when & where they choose for whatever purpose except criminal activities.

VIJAYAN May 20, 2015 04:25pm

He could come to India at short notice because of his political connections. I wish all medical emergencies are dealt with this way. In fact maybe we should not let them become emergencies by making the visa process easier for treatment.

Glad that he is doing well.

Kaisrani May 20, 2015 04:29pm

Wonder if it cost him the same as in Pakistan?

Indian May 20, 2015 04:30pm

If Just this one case generates so much of trust and friendship, think about open borders and enabling people to people contact. India-Pakistan Bhai- Bhai

Shakil May 20, 2015 04:37pm

its a news when its across the border, otherwise its business as usual both Pakistani and Indian doctors treat Pakistani, Indians and the world daily across the world!

Jay Patel May 20, 2015 04:37pm

@Sunil As per new visa regulations for India, medical visa is given just within 3-7 days of application for patient and one guardian. Please update your knowledge.

Calcutta Man May 20, 2015 04:38pm

@Syed Husain

If you don't have anything to say, then please don't say anything....

Anubhav May 20, 2015 04:40pm

I hope our government has made visa norms easier for medical causes. Pakistani brothers will definitely find India cheaper and efficient for medical treatments. another factor which contributes is we all speak same language, eat same stuff, share same passions. Thus you will be at home away from home.

ROHIT PANDEY May 20, 2015 04:41pm

An aortic valve disorder coupled with 5 blockages?

That was disaster waiting to happen..he got saved in nick of time?

He has to modify is life style quite a lot now...and,let fellow Pakistanis advise and guide him to keep away from cigarettes and fatty food?:):):)

Ashraf May 20, 2015 04:45pm

Humanity prevails above all

kailash singh May 20, 2015 04:46pm

A few days back an Afghan got two hands donated by the family of a brain dead person in Kochchi(South India). There was a very touching photo of him in the newspapers thanking the family with the same hands which are now his own. Salute to the doctors who do such miracles and restore the faith in humanity.

Calcutta Man May 20, 2015 04:50pm

@tashu

The layman often uses the term "medical tourism" wrongly, like you have done here. The patient's family is not here for sightseeing, there is no "tourism" involved as far as they are concerned. They have come to save a loved one...period.

"Medical tourism" is only a term used in the economic context, when one is trying to describe the visitor; as he's an outsider, so he's a "tourist", and the "business" he brings to the local economy in terms of hotel stay, food consumed, transport availed of etc is labeled under the head "tourism"; but since they are not on a leisure trip but on medical grounds, it becomes "medical tourism".

In this case that DAWN reported, it IS "medical tourism", but let's not say here that "India is the best place for medical tourism", as if this is a leisure trip for them.

Sorry for the lecture....but you do see my point, don't you"

last comment May 20, 2015 04:51pm

Thank you brothers.

Gaurav Arya May 20, 2015 05:01pm

The Indian government should work closely with Pakistani doctors and if any Pakistani patient needs urgent care and treatment in India, once he is recommended by the Pakistani doctor, the patient should get visa in 24 hours. What use is world class medical facility if we can't be there in time of someone else's need?

Anil May 20, 2015 05:04pm

India does it again. Welcome Pakistanis

Hafeez Khan May 20, 2015 05:04pm

Great job. Indians did the smart work.

nilesh May 20, 2015 05:10pm

Everyone has right to live, if Indian doctors has something which can save life, it should be given without discrimination. Thanks for trusting Indian doctors with your life :) Truly such examples will bring people of two countries much closer. I will also ask my Pakistani liberal friends to support polio campaign in your country, its important for our kids safe future.

manjeet kocchar May 20, 2015 05:10pm

You are always welcome. People to people contact reduces the bitterness generated by polticians and other hawks .

Reader May 20, 2015 05:14pm

Nothing unique they did their job for handsome amount of money

Sridhar May 20, 2015 05:21pm

Good t to hear these things are still happening despite a lot of bad blood between the 2 countries.

Jawwad May 20, 2015 05:25pm

Good on India and their medical expertise. They are renowned world wide.

guest May 20, 2015 05:32pm

Thanks for publishing a positive story.

Shah May 20, 2015 05:43pm

So much potential between the two countries and their people. Just need to get rid of the dirty politics and extremism that ruins it for the common man. Proud of India's fast improving medical industry.

Ahmed May 20, 2015 06:03pm

My brother in-law went for same surgery in US. He was a chain smoker too. Doctors should tell us how chain smoking effects heart Not much is published or available on Internet to see the clear link between the two.

Karan May 20, 2015 06:08pm

Good job Dawn....such news should be published regularly rather than hate mongering news between India & Pakistan.

Sukhera May 20, 2015 06:17pm

Smoking causes about 20 to 25 % deaths each year. Its the major preventable cause of death. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, including the heart, blood vessels, lungs, eyes, mouth, reproductive organs, bones, bladder, and digestive organs. Its also major cause of lung/blood cancer. Its very sad that our media does not inform the general public the risks involved in smoking.

iTellYou May 20, 2015 06:22pm

@Harmony-1 You mean hearts!

Juggernaut May 20, 2015 06:23pm

India is getting super in terms of medical expertise and that too with cost effectiveness, this is bringing lot of foreigners to india for their various treatments. Our doctors do not discriminate pakistani or for that matter anyone, they treat all patients equally.

Nasir-ud-din Soomro May 20, 2015 06:23pm

Human is without border,thanks this great deed.

Factual May 20, 2015 06:25pm

This is just a sample what India can offer to Pakistan. The technology that is tested and trusted in India can easily be adopted to Pakistan. Its in utmost interest of Paksitan to develop relationship with India.

faizan May 20, 2015 06:29pm

thankyou indian doctors for serving our people

udayan sarkar May 20, 2015 06:31pm

india is the creator of ayurveda and many other and for your kind information india is great and have given many things to the world

Dr.M.M.Khan May 20, 2015 06:32pm

While i applaud the surgeons who carried out this operation ,it is no big deal. Why could it not be done in Pakistan? The details of the operation are standard.

Anon May 20, 2015 06:53pm

This happens only in India.

kuppudu May 20, 2015 07:04pm

@Azmeen The success of a highly complicated life-threatening surgery is Nothing Special in your vocabulary, is it?

Rizwan Khan May 20, 2015 07:04pm

Awesome, we, who live outside Pakistan and India, wish a peaceful and good relations between Pakistan and India.

Adnan May 20, 2015 07:10pm

Bravo

Riaz Murtaza May 20, 2015 07:11pm

@Rbahadur, India My friend Its not easy as you see. My son a Canadian citizen (Pakistani origin) married to a Canadian girl (Indian Origin) from the last 6 years. So far has not succeeded in obtaining a visit visa for India to travel to India with his wife. Mr. Lali may have some resources.

Faith May 20, 2015 07:23pm

Its ok he is doing his job according to his profession not politics so please dont try to turn this into political way...PAK doctors will do the same

Saleh Bin Mahfouz May 20, 2015 07:25pm

Now, can we all get along.

sanjay May 20, 2015 07:31pm

Good Job Doctors...

citizen May 20, 2015 07:36pm

My british friend got his eye cataract surgery for a very low fee at one of the best hospital in India..otherwise he had a wait for an year to do the same surgery under NHS.. He was very much satisfied with the quality of the treatment and other facilities..

Sonny May 20, 2015 07:39pm

While this news brought a smile on our face but we must remember that some professionals like a teacher, doctor, lawmaker etc are above any caste, colour, nationality etc. Lets just forget that we are Pakistanis or Indians and lets just remember that we are humans first. Life will be simple if we wish to keep it simple. I think by dividing ourselves in different castes, religions, nationalities etc. we have done more harm to us than anything else.

Mahesh May 20, 2015 07:55pm

More news of this kind should be disclosed in Indian and Pakistani newpapers so as to propagate friendship and love for each other..

Khurram S May 20, 2015 08:00pm

To save one life is that as if you saved whole humanity!

ROHIT PANDEY May 20, 2015 08:04pm

@Dr.M.M.Khan The private hospitals in India are staffed by doctors who are often UK or US trained...and,they do more operations in a few years than what Western doctors would do in a life time....and,that makes them very special..trained in the West and handling a colossal case load!:)

You have a point? It can be done in Pakistan as well? Why not? Is there a deficiency in infrastructure?:):)

Riaz Murtaza May 20, 2015 08:06pm

Good news. Indians need to ease visa for Pakistanis too. As a Canadian citizen from 20 years of Pakistani origin 70 years age. A civilian throughout my life still unable to get a tourist visa to travel to India.

ROHIT PANDEY May 20, 2015 08:16pm

In India there is a dearth of post graduate seats.The success rate for a novice doctor getting into a post graduate course is about 3% and in Harvard it is about 8%.

That intense filtration pressure plus world class facilities in private hospitals creates a wonderful infrastructure.

I have worked in top Indian private hospitals and as an observer in a Canadian hospital...I can confidently say that Indian private hospitals are better than government funded hospitals in Canada.

As for the government hospitals in India,I would not allow my pet dog to be treated there?

They struggle to do a good job in a cramped, resource scarce atmosphere....one can learn a lot from the immense case load,but,nothing much can be done in way of managing cases effectively?

Abid Maqsood May 20, 2015 08:20pm

Indian as a nation believe and profess 'Neighbors are enemy and Neighbors of Neighbors are friends'

Patriotic Indian May 20, 2015 08:35pm

I feel good to hear this. We are one people and one nation though there exist an international border between us but our love and hate relationship has no parallel in the world.

We play cricket with many others but circket is no fun without Pakistan on the other side. Let us forget our difference and we must aspire to became "human first" , "Indian or Pakistani later" for the peace of our future generations.

USA May 20, 2015 08:44pm

@Abid Maqsood You got that absolutely wrong...

Doctor May 20, 2015 08:50pm

Such surgeries are undertaken at many public and private sector hospitals in Pakistan. Wrong terminology used in article. Probably the only reason the patient went to India is the patient's ego and underestimation of his own country. "Lali — who hails from a political family in Pakistan — said, "I find myself lucky that despite being a Pakistani"

sidney May 20, 2015 08:50pm

Humanity transcends politics between India and Pakistan. Thank God!

ROHIT PANDEY May 20, 2015 08:56pm

@Riaz Murtaza With a all sympathies to your son and his wife...may I point out that the visa rules are framed in India to protect Indians and not facilitate Pakistanis?

I don't think the Mumbai terror attack or the subsequent free roaming alleged culprits in Pakistan is going to facilitate easy visas?

The Chinese companies are stopped from infrastructure projects in India in areas deemed "sensitive & critical"...and,Pakistanis tend to disappear in India?:)

Bureaucrats the WORLD OVER do one thing..just AVOID unnecessary trouble...and,the Ministry of External Affairs follows the that protocol as well, I suppose?:)

My cousin was employed by World Bank and in her visits to Pakistan was expected to sign at the local police station every evening? Happens?:)

jj May 20, 2015 08:59pm

@Kamran great

N.Sid May 20, 2015 09:11pm

This heart operation might lead to a 'change of hearts' and minds too in the Indian and Pakistani people to live as loving neighbors. Hatred begets hatred...let's hope for less bigotry and more plural and friendly ties between the two countries.

ashok kumar lal May 20, 2015 09:14pm

@ROHIT PANDEY --My maid in Mumbai had tumor in neck.One day she borrowed Rs 500 from me telling that she has to get it operated.I did not believe her but gave the money.After ten days she came back,operated and cured, in govt hospital.

N May 20, 2015 09:19pm

@Kamran But, it will not suit the rulers, who govern the people's mind let alone lives.

Tahir Khan May 20, 2015 09:32pm

Thank you.

Ashutosh May 20, 2015 09:48pm

@Abid Maqsood you are referring to MANDAL theory of VISHNU GUPTA KAUTILYA better known as Acharya Chanakya. Theoretically true. But it is not applied in humanitarian situations...

jeet May 20, 2015 09:49pm

Let's not kick each other today over here. keep the kick shots safe for some other subject...let's praise each other under this subject.

jeet May 20, 2015 09:52pm

@Riaz Murtaza Friend there is a diff between married couple and being a critical patient.

inam khan May 20, 2015 10:07pm

great efforts to bring the two sibling nations together..I had a cousin who was to be treated in India for Leukemia.when my cousin arrived at the Indian consulate in Islamabad, the staff were so kind and consideratew.They requested that my cousin be taken home as he was ill, and in a matter of minutes to hours the visa was ready..

Syed Ali May 20, 2015 10:17pm

India should make travelling of Pakistanis to India easier by relaxing visa application procedures. For instance, sponsors letter has to be attested by a senior government officer, certifying that he knows the sponsor personally and attach his identity card copy with phone number etc. Common Muslims in India dont have approach to government officers(there are very few Muslim officers , if there is one he is reluctant to attest and give certificate). Even very senior citizens are required to comply with these conditions. If government of India allows elected Councillors of local bodies(local government) to attest sponsors letter perhaps it will facilitate travelers. In case of people more than seventy years of age a declaration from sponsor should be sufficient. I have never heard that any person visiting India to meet his relation has ever been involved in any anti state activity.

Riaz Murtaza May 20, 2015 10:24pm

@ROHIT PANDEY I have several senior citizen Canadian friends of Indian origin but migrated to Pakistan in 1947. Their remarks are exactly what I have mentioned previously. A Canadian of +70 years has no interest to get lost in India or settle there. Their visits are purely of family nature. As regard to Mumbai 26/11. I have read in Times of India that this was a play staged by the Indian government. This was a finding of Mr. Sanjiv Sharma from the Indian intelligence Agency. There are many matters between India and Pakistan which are not discussed due to the stubborn attitude of Indian government. Anyhow, it is no doubt a good act that a Pakistani got treated in Mumbai. This is just for propaganda purpose. The good can come when the core issues are solved on the talking table only.

Amir Indian May 20, 2015 10:30pm

@zafar Indian don't want any help from Pakistan as we are much more capable and advanced than Pakistan in all fields and not only in Defense.

Muhammad May 20, 2015 10:32pm

Very good and examplary dedication to job, wel done, doctor appreciated.

Ali May 20, 2015 10:47pm

@Kamran I kid you not I was going respond exactly as you did. Good to know great minds think alike.

Imran May 20, 2015 10:48pm

India leads the world in high quality and AFFORDABLE health care. Thank you India.

Sadiq Sajid May 20, 2015 11:06pm

An aortic valve disorder coupled with 5 blockages?

Ironically, it is the doing of red meat. Let us stop consuming red meat. The kabab aren't as much tasty at the heart bypass table.

Madan May 20, 2015 11:13pm

This is not the first heart operation done on a Pakistani national by the well known,well experienced and well respected heart surgeons in India.In the past there have been such cases in Mumbai,Bangalore and Delhi involving Pakistanis not only from Pakistan but also from middle-eastern countries.Pakistan government should trust India for good relations as some Pakistani nationals have done for their hearts.

Harmony-1 May 20, 2015 11:34pm

@ashok kumar lal - Rs 500 for such operation for poor is quite good in a govt hospital. Better still there should be special free scheme for the needy.

N.S May 20, 2015 11:34pm

@Amir Indian Do you mean it!! If India is that advance why isn't there is not a single newspaper which is half as good as DAWN, and the local TOI and other newspapers are full of promiscuous news, pictures and no content and substance, unlike this newspaper.

It is your preconceived notion, just like many believe...there isn't any difference...only in the media. Google search Pakistani cities Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and you will know.

Also check AKHU Karachi, one of the best and biggest hospital in the region, spread over 90 acres.

Santosh Menon May 20, 2015 11:37pm

Wonder why Saba Tarikh Ahmad's story didn't get coverage!. Here people of Mumbai raised funds for treating a rare genetic disorder (Wilson's Disease) she was suffering from.

http://m.indiatimes.com/news/india/mumbaikars-join-hands-to-save-this-pakistani-teen-suffering-from-rare-genetic-disorder-232825.html

Jawwad May 20, 2015 11:45pm

@ROHIT PANDEY - That is not true at all signing with local police station. My wife is from India and had visited Pakistan 4 times and never had the need to register anywhere any evening and vice versa when i visited india I dod not need to register in any of the police stations in Amritsir or Chandigarh. Stop spreading rumors and let the people like myself you have actually experienced travel between two countries set it right.

kumar May 21, 2015 12:07am

I am indian. These are the special cases. Some people here writing great about indian docs. But there lot many doctors for whom patients are just money making machines. They simply write for alkinds of tests taking advantage of patients ignorance on medicine. Some times they are so irresponsible and forget that somebody's life is in their hand. Perhapsits same in Pakistan also. The news here is just a special cases. For common people these docs are unreachable.

SS May 21, 2015 12:25am

It is a nice article. In order to save a life in distress so many people will have to come together, collaborate and struggle to sustain a life. But all it takes is a 1 bullet to take away one's life. sometime not even that is necessary. Then how come taking away ones life which is done with least of effort can be considered an act of valor or heroic? On the other hand saving a life is definitely heroic and is godliness.

Farwah chaudhary May 21, 2015 12:26am

good job doctor... you just let humanity and kindness win over hate-mongering and thumbs up for that (Y) .... we need to support each other so that we create trust and friendship between both countries...

Harisingh May 21, 2015 12:27am

Good to hear that and glad Mr Lali is doing great. I was in India in January and visited Medanta in Delhi. It was just amazing to see the variety of patients in the cafe and lobby area, including Afghanis, Palestinians, Pakistanis, West Africans, Eastern Europeans, and even British.

The quality of infrastructure and care provided was at par with what I have seen in the US and at a much affordable price. It is just a joy to see quality healthcare not being priced out of the reach of middle-class population in the developing world.

Vijay K May 21, 2015 12:48am

I have worked with excellent doctors of Pakistani origin both in UK and USA. Once the economic and security climate improves in Pakistan, it will start a reverse brain-drain (as happened in India) and Inshallah such medical treatments will happen in Pakistan too.

Arshad May 21, 2015 12:51am

Politicians divide us , Politicians can unite us. Majority of folks on both sides are peace loving andGod fearing. Our rulers are not.

syed May 21, 2015 12:56am

@Doctor read the article he was advised by his doctor to go to USA as such operation s cannot be done in pak. But he could not afford it.

Harmony-1 May 21, 2015 01:03am

@Vijay K - Nice sentiments...thanks!

M Jan May 21, 2015 01:04am

Cooperation between these south Asians can help all south Asians, especially Pakistanis and Afghans. Will the vested interest ever let that happen?

LiFafi Sahafi May 21, 2015 01:19am

@Sohail "While it's commendable what has been achieved, excellent facilities exist in Pakistan. It's just a matter of having trust in own doctors. Get well soon Lali Sahib!"

Yes, but he was not looking for overall excellent facilities, but one specific to his situation. India had the best to offer in this situation and I am glad Lali sahib was able to receive the treatment.

Thank you India. Lots of appreciation from Pakistan.

LiFafi Sahafi May 21, 2015 01:23am

@Dr.M.M.Khan "While i applaud the surgeons who carried out this operation ,it is no big deal. Why could it not be done in Pakistan? The details of the operation are standard."

No sir, I respectfully disagree. The details of operation are not standard when arteries are harvested from sternum area. Far more intricate and requires advanced facilities. I am sure if Pakistani doctors were provided similar setup, they could be trained to perform such surgeries.

Don't you see, there is a reason why our top health care facility recommended that Lali Sahib go to USA? Note - they did not recommend China either.

zishan siddiqi May 21, 2015 01:37am

What a great job by India.

Santosh Menon May 21, 2015 01:43am

@Jawwad @ Rohit Pandey, It depends on the passport you are holding!.

Ram Narayanan May 21, 2015 01:50am

@Arshad : Don't rely on the politicians...they don't want peace!

Omar Khayyam May 21, 2015 01:51am

@N.S Dawn truly is the best news website in South Asia. I don't know about the medical situation in South Asia, but Dawn has opened up an important table or forum where people of South Asia (i.e., Pakistanis and Indians) can talk to one another and debunk each others' prejudices (governmental and other). It is really embarrassing to present our nations, as historic as our civilizations are, before the rest of the world in this sorry quarrelsome state when the rest of the world cannot even know who is Indian and who Pakistani by our looks, thoughts, words, languages, food, or really anything else.

Siddhu May 21, 2015 01:53am

There is so much of bad blood between two nation because of Kashmir and religion . Yet when it comes to saving lives these doctors never think of either Kashmir or Religion . Saving a life means one more living being who has a great story to tell . Hats off to humanity ................

AbraKeDabra May 21, 2015 01:58am

@Dr.M.M.Khan Egoistic statement or statement out of envy?

DamaDum-Mastkalandar May 21, 2015 02:18am

Nice. Indians are good people.

Abdulmajid Khan May 21, 2015 02:29am

Well done Doctor, There should be no hatred on humanitarian services. Majid.

Tamza May 21, 2015 03:05am

Perhaps now "Lali — who hails from a political family in Pakistan — .... " will understand that IF medical care was properly funded in Pakistan, and not siphoned off by "political families" Pakistani doctors should be able to do such surgeries for hundreds of Pakistanis.

Of course the KEY is care: no smoking, eat right, get the heart pumping a bit by moving around, and keep weight under control.

Both India and Pakistan [along with other 'emerging' economies] are having a surge in diabetes -- watch your diet folks, or we have a health time bomb flowing through the system - perhaps in about 15-20 years.

And 'funny' that "Indian doctors who performed a risky heart surgery on him ... ". Risky for the patient, not for the doctors. ;-))

rohit kaul May 21, 2015 03:12am

@Akbaruddin but still we are not doing much to attract medical tourists...

ROHIT PANDEY May 21, 2015 03:12am

@Jawwad There is a website on "Pakistan Visa-Comprehensive Information- check it out?

I copy/paste the list of countries,the nationals of which NEED to register with Police in Pakistan?:)

I REPEAT : my cousin often traveled to Karachi and Lahore when she was employed with the World Bank and she HAD TO REGISTER!

Bangladesh Libya Sudan Kyrgystan Bhutan Nigeria Syria Tajikistan India P.L.O. Tanzania

Iraq Serbia Uganda

Israel Somalia Uzbekistan

That list is from the website! Not something of my imagination or "rumor"?:)

ROHIT PANDEY May 21, 2015 03:37am

@ashok kumar lal Sir,that depends upon what sort of tumor the lady had?

Check out a benign condition called "cystic hygroma" or a malignant condition called "anaplastic carcinoma"?

Very different diseases and very different management?

Government hospitals need a lot more in form of funds in India and the doctors who are often not recognized for the amount of work they do for so little a pay?:):)

kkdg May 21, 2015 03:38am

Lots of Pakistan peoples are treated in India, especially on critical heart surgeries...

Zahid May 21, 2015 03:40am

Great efforts thanks to Drs and staff to save human life

SALMAN May 21, 2015 03:44am

Here in usa it is a daily occurrence where Indian doctors treat Pakistani patients and Pakistani doctors treat Indian patients. We have here very talented doctors from both countries and lots more coming from the new generation.

Marhatta May 21, 2015 04:08am

Kudos to doctors.. This is what good doctors do.

parvez May 21, 2015 04:45am

@Azmeen really? nothing more?

S.subrahmanyam May 21, 2015 05:19am

@Sunil visa for medical treatment is given within days to Pakisanis if the prove that the condition is critical and dire.

anonymous May 21, 2015 06:18am

Great news! I suspect this positive result was because of non interference by politicians and media from both countries.

Anon May 21, 2015 09:26am

One thing I have observed... we keep accusing and abusing each other... show our strength to each other... laugh at each other... behave like a worst enemy of each other...

But we are never happy if a tragedy happens to the other... we run to help each other to save their lives... and we are their for each other during the worst times...

Again when the situation calms down we start our usual fights...

Is this a unique type of a relation between two enemy neighbors, not found anywhere in the other countries around the world?

E.Somapalan May 21, 2015 10:24am

With friendship and consequent synergy we can do wonders and can be the best in many matters. Together we can be great powers in many fields. All that we need is the will to be brotherly which actually we are. Instead we wasting away our energy and resources as a criminal act towards our future generation. Only Americans will be happy at this.

Prayandprey! May 21, 2015 10:44am

@Dr.M.M.Khan: If you are a medical Dr. not a PhD in theology (DIVINITY), you might understand why not!

anishbph May 21, 2015 11:59am

@Kamran 100% agree with u

Akbaruddin May 21, 2015 12:31pm

@rohit kaul We are doing what we can. Figures speaks for itself. Expecting what is beyond our capacity is not wise.

Wallis May 21, 2015 01:01pm

@Anuj

Do you know how many Pakistani doctors,engineers and professionals are their in US,UK and Canada?

Dr.M.M.Khan May 21, 2015 01:53pm

@LiFafi Sahafi I thank you for your comments. I assure you i know what i am writing about. There is nothing new about harvesting of mammary artries for CABG. This is best left to my contemporaries to write about. I would like to congratulate the patient for being good as well. He certainly made the skilful surgeons task easier. I am sure this operation could have been done in Pakistan but since i don't live there i reseve my judgjment. Indian surgeons and Pakistani doctors have been always supreme also overseas but it is also an unfortunate fact that fewer pakistani doctors return home to serve their country compared to their Indian counterparts.

Dr.M.M.Khan May 21, 2015 02:05pm

@AbraKeDabra .Neither. Just admiration from a humble doctor who has no axe to grind but has recommended and cared for such patients. Must we become personal in Our comments?