Tamil Nadu

A hard fought victory against COVID-19

Madhavi Bhaskar Ma.Po.Si. and the team of doctors of Kauvery Hospital who treated her.

Madhavi Bhaskar Ma.Po.Si. and the team of doctors of Kauvery Hospital who treated her. | Photo Credit: M. KARUNAKARAN

Sixty-five-year-old Madhavi Bhaskar Ma.Po.Si., daughter of late Tamil scholar and founder of Tamilarasu Kazhagam Ma. Po. Sivagnanam, has recently recovered from COVID-19 along with a comorbidity, a neurological condition, after being on ventilator support for more than four weeks at Kauvery Hospital here.

Doctors who treated her said that apart from the treatment provided, it was her courage that helped during the prolonged recovery. Ms. Madhavi was diagnosed last year with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder, which caused the body’s immune system to attack its nerves.

Bhuvaneshwari Rajendran, senior consultant, neurology and neurophysiology, said Ms. Madhavi was being treated with immunosuppressants for this when she contracted COVID-19. She was admitted to the hospital in the first week of February.

S. Sivaram Kannan, chief consultant physician and clinical lead, said her condition worsened rapidly, and she was soon put on ventilator support. N. Sridhar, consultant intensivist, critical care, said with both her lungs and breathing muscles severely affected by two different diseases, they did a tracheostomy early on to improve her chances.

“Getting her to gradually breathe on her own without ventilator support was challenging as we had to give adequate time for both the lungs and respiratory muscles to recover without running into any new complications. As she was awake during this time, it was a physically and emotionally exhausting journey that tested her fortitude to the very limits of human endurance,” he said.

Dr. Rajendran said it was difficult to decide if they should stop administering immunosuppressants so that her body could better fight COVID-19 or continue to prevent the Guillain-Barre syndrome from worsening. However, as her neurological condition was fairly under control, they decided to pause her immunosuppressant medication, she said.

Ms. Madhavi thanked the doctors and other staff for her recovery. Senthil Kumar Ma.Po.Si, her son, said her mother had the courage of his late grandfather, which helped her to recover. “Whenever I went to see her when she was in the ICU, she always signalled with a raised fist to say that she will fight and recover,” he said.

Mr. Senthil added that Dr. Sridhar had been chosen as one of the awardees this year for the annual lifetime awards presented by the Ma.Po.Si. Trust.

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