A true life story of how the last wish of a
young Cancer Patient was fulfilled
Chinna Katha ‘Live’ 1 Aug 08
Poor Cancer Patient Saurab airlifted with family
Saurab Das Gupta was all 25 yrs ,young and smart looking.
But a case of one, running out of luck due to strange
algorithm of destiny that gives no reason before striking.
Its not about the luck for making it big,
but the luck- plain vanilla type.
Luck to be around,alive like other mortals.
But it was not tobe for Saurab.
Saurab is the son of Sudhir Das Gupta, a smalltime vendor
selling foodstuff to the passers by,
whose 'workstation' was straight on the footpath
near his village Mirzapur ,West Bengal.
As the only son,Saurab
had one duty cut out for him.
To take over and relieve his
old father and give him a peaceful retirement.
All that the father could do, earning a meagre 3k pm,
was to get his only daughter married and
look upto growing Saurab for the rest.
But destiny had other plans.
That was discovered precisely on 23.08.2005.
When the medical report of Saurab
mentioned "Colon Cancer".
The family was shattered.
All the Gods in their domain were invoked.
After a devastating battle of 5 yrs
and many thousands, begged and borrowed,
down the drain, the family of threesome-
the doting mother unwilling to give up on the son,
the defeated dad and
a composed son
arrived in Mumbai Sarvodaya,
on 21.01.2008 to try their last
dose of luck with Tata Memorial.
Post another 45k down, the family
became broke and was pinned down squarely by fate.
It was then the team of ChemburSeva
took over and mobilised monthly ration
and reinstated the makeshift kitchen under their cot.
And also mobilised some funds
for next chemo if that could help.
The family participated in the morning
'Dhyan' before the Altar of Swami and prayed.
On 14 Aug 08, the inevitable happened.
The hospital expressed
helplessness and wrote off Saurab.
"Doctor Jawaab de diya"- in the lingo here in 'Cancer corridor'.
Acc to the docs, he reached a point of no return.
The end can come any time.
Strangely Saurab was deceptively agile,sitting erect
and talking normally albeit intermittent shoots of pain.
He was composed as he was explaining his fate to us.
All that he wanted was to have a peaceful end in his
village with his folks around.
Hectic discussions saw the whole of
Aug 15 slipping away.
The time was running out
both in his body clock and the one outside.
Atlast the family decided to take him by train
in 'unreserved' as that was the only option with them.
But that posed a great danger of any unfortunate
event happening in between and getting stranded.
The journey to Calcutta by train was really long.
ChemburSeva team felt helpless looking at this prospect
of Saurab not getting his last wish fulfilled.
The only option was "Air lift" all the three,
as leaving any one of them for train could make matters worse.
Without the mother , the son wouldnt want to go.
without the father, the mother couldn't manage by Air.
Hence it was decided that all the three
should be airborne in quickest possible time at any cost.
The family was asked to pack up ASAP
and get ready to hop and go
to catch the 5.30 pm flight.(i.e on 16.8.08)
All the Sarvodaya patients,who hail from different parts of
India, assembled near Swami's Altar around 3 pm.
To bid good bye to their dear Saurab
who was always calm and composed .
Not fearing to face the end.
For the first time we saw in those
three weeks we interacted,
Saurab, who never cried even on knowing his fate,
broke down before Swami's Altar.
Not for the end he was confronting,
as it was already known to him.
But looking at the other Patient Bandhuon
who empathised with his pain,day and night. And consoled.
Many cheeks flashed with quick rush of tears.
And we too succumbed.
The mother had to put up a bold front and move out fast,
so that we dont miss the flight.(see photo below)
Tearful Saurab and Ma leaving Sarvodaya
As luck would have it, the rain and traffic
played spoil sport loading all odds
against our Saurab .
And as feared, the flight was missed!
And to add to the misery ,
another flight to Cal was cancelled.!!
Now we couldnt report this to
the family as they would break down.
Frantic calls -Sairam... Sairam-to Swami for help.
By His divine grace we were told
that there was an Indian Flight at 6.30 to Cal.
in the other terminal up there,
for which also it was very late.
With slow moving Saurab,
no way he could be rushed to
the other terminal so fast.
Suddenly like clockwork, two ricks arrived
from no where to pick Saurab and others
and left in the other terminal.
An unknown security pitched in
to help Saurab with a wheel chair,
We were dazed watching the 'Autopilot' mode .
Seemed "Big Boss" took over.
Unknown security person pitches in to help
Saurab at Airport .
And the threesome left
Mumbai hurriedly saying"Sairam"
with tearful eyes.
We advised Saurab to keep
his favourite chanting "Soiram"(Bengali accent)
and He was sure to be blessed.
We kept our fingers crossed.
With prayers on.
Past midnight we got a
phone call confirming
Saurab reached his village
and joined his folks waiting
for him late in the night .
And our Seva cycle was complete!
Thus the last wish of a poor Indian soul
got fulfilled by His divine grace.
And we were assigned a small role
in His grand design.
If blessed, Saurab could live long
despite whatever medical report may say.
And we are awaiting one such rare blessing..
Can the city which sends thousands of
trivial messages of valentine day, friendship day
and friends' fathers day( ! ) etc.
afford to send a few
"Get well soon" messages to a few
Saurabs of India to boost their morale?
May be the media wont promote .
As they (not the readers) may not get the 'high'
But we can proactively send..
Subsequent to this mail, Saurab reached his village and the entire village joined prayers everyday keeping Baba's photograph and they kept calling us to tell what was going on though Saurab was slowly sinking but without pain. On Krishna Janmashtami day merged with Swami peacefully.