Delhi surgeon who got the second Covid vaccine in March dies of virus.
Rawat, who had been with the hospital since its inception in 1996, was described as a “thorough gentleman” and a “jovial colleague” by those who had worked with him.
Delhi surgeon Dr. Anil Kumar Rawat:
Before they placed Dr. Anil Kumar Rawat on a ventilator at Delhi’s Saroj Hospital, he said to a colleague: “I will begin of this. I've got been vaccinated, I'll set out.” On Saturday morning, the 58-year-old surgeon succumbed to Covid. He had received the second shot of the Covishield vaccine at the beginning of March, said Dr. P K Bhardwaj, the chief executive
of Saroj Hospital, who had known Dr. Rawat since 1994.
“He was like my elder son. He passed MS surgery from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, and began his career in my unit at RB Jain hospital in 1994. He remained with me till his last breath,” Dr. Bhardwaj said.
After contracting Covid about 10-12 days ago, Dr. Rawat was initially in home isolation but had to be shifted to the hospital when his oxygen level started dipping.
Dr. Bhardwaj said his team tried all that was possible to avoid wasting him and even considered a lung transplant: “We gave him whatever was needed. We did everything possible… It’s an outsized loss. such an outsized amount of doctors and healthcare staff are falling sick, even after being vaccinated, but they're recovering after having mild symptoms. this may be the first death at the current of a doctor who was fully vaccinated.”
Dr. Rawat is survived by his wife and his daughter. His wife is additionally a doctor within the gynecology department at Saroj Hospital.
Dr. Akash Jain, a surgeon at the hospital, who had known Dr. Rawat for 16 years and was with him till Saturday morning, said he was placed on a ventilator two days ago and had developed severe pneumonia leading to respiratory failure.
“He was the style of a younger brother to me. It’s a loss that’s hard to explain… I accustomed be with him till his last breath. He was a fighter. Before they placed him on a ventilator, he said to me, ‘I will begin this. I've got been vaccinated, I’ll commence', Dr. Jain said.
Dr. Rawat had been holding OPD consultations till about mid-April, his colleagues said. He would also do surgery for Covid-negative patients.
His fellow surgeon Dr. P K Gambhir, who was heading the unit Dr. Rawat was in, said he had given him command over the unit for about 2-3 years considering that he was very competent.
“There was an incident within the past where we had a difference of opinion within the management of a patient. It happens sometimes. I later realized, however, that what Dr. Rawat was saying was right… He had earned the respect of everyone at the hospital because he was very helpful. If some staff faced financial difficulty, he stepped in to help them,” Dr. Gambhir said.
He recalled that Dr. Rawat’s daughter got married in November last year. “He went out of his due to do what he could for patients and everybody else… It’s a wonderful loss; I'll miss him. It’s challenging to forget someone like him.”
The death left the medical fraternity stunned because it was rare for somebody who has received both doses to develop severe symptoms
37,46,494 people are vaccinated in Delhi up to now out of which 8,21,786 have received their second dose, to keep with the information shared by the Delhi government in its latest health bulletin. The majority of vaccines administered are Covishield.