57-year-old Mr Sunil Chandra Ghosh from Baidyabati, Srirampore has been suffering from bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss since 2017. With time it was a gradual onset and progressive in nature which made him totally deaf in 2019. He underwent treatment in local hospitals but hearing couldn’t be improved and there has been history of intermittent pus discharge.
It was in February 2020 when he came to Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals Kolkata to consult Dr Shantanu Panja, who advised him for Cochlear implantation. Dr Shantanu Panja, Consultant ENT-Head and Neck Surgeon at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata said, “Cochlear implantation is a highly demanding and state-of-the art surgery aimed to cure deafness in a patient. It requires a high level of expertise and zero error to give a desirable result. However in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic Cochlear implantation services were suspended worldwide as it involves high aerosol generation during the procedure with a high risk to the healthcare workers and patient. There are very few centres in the world which are gradually resuming the CI services as everyone is gradually learning to fight back the pandemic. One of the biggest challenges of this pandemic has been providing essential services to the non-covid patients but human will always finds a way to beat the nature.”
Finally in September 2020 when city is back to almost full operational stage and normalcy and hospitals started to perform all non-emergency surgeries, Mr Ghosh was operated with his hope and wish to listen to the beats of the dhaaks during this year’s Durga Puja in October. After 7 months of wait, the 4-hour-surgery required him to stay in Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals for 3 days and he went back with an elated mind as he could finally hear. “I had been waiting for months to listen to my family members talking, listening to music and every other sound around. I am extremely happy at least my surgery could be done before Durga Puja as like any other Bengalee I too wait for the whole year to listen to the beats of Dhaak”, said Mr Ghosh