Extraordinary reason for bypass surgery
Majority of patients undergo bypass surgery for one of two reasons. Either they suffer from bad angina (chest pain) or there exists a definite threat to their lives because of the nature or location of coronary artery narrowing. However this one was different.
Four days after his surgery Mr. Miyan asked me if he would be able to carry 10-20 kg weights. That was and odd query in my practice where I have to push people to exercise. The reason is understandable.
Mr Miyan occupies a patch of pavement during the day, to sell his wares in an old Delhi market. The Delhi police is his only trouble, they often come charging and ransack or confiscate any goods that Miyan fails to grab and run, since his stall is illegal.
Over the years he developed worsening chest pain and it became hard for him to grab his wares and run, at times he would lose all his wares to the marauding police. Initially he would place a sorbitrate tablet under his tongue and make a dash, but in the recent months he lost all his merchandise and with it his livelihood at least four times.
Having had his surgery, he wanted to be certain that he would get back to his professional life and “to pick his wares and run from the charging policemen”. I can only wish him luck.