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Humans of Indore: A retired nurse who overcame illness with positive thinking


Indore: She dedicated her life to caring for patients. Swarnkanta Chouhan, the 67-year-old retired nurse, chose care- giving as her only mission in life. She set an example with dedication, hard work and positivity.

Sharing her life story with Free Press, Swarnkanta said, “I wanted to care for people and live for them instead of choosing to have a small family and dedicating my life only for them.” Working as a nurse in government hospitals, she served many underprivileged patients as well.

“As a nurse, I spent most of my time at the hospital caring for people and that is how I wanted to live,” Swarnkanta said. After retirement from her services in 2011, she adopted a junior staff member (24-year-old Ankit Chandel) and his family.

“I invited them to live with me, because relations are not defined by blood but by love,” Swarnkanta said. Life after retirement was different. It became difficult when she fell sick in 2018. “It began as a normal nose bleed. But it would not stop and that worried us,” Chandel said. She was admitted in the hospital for 12 days.

“There was blood in stools, which was life- threatening,” Chandel said. A normal platelet count ranges from 150,000 to 450,000 per microlitre of blood but her platelet count fell to 301 per microlitre. “We went to many doctors in private hospitals but no one could help and control falling platelets (Thrombocytopenia),” Chandel said. Doctors had given up but being a fighter Swarnakanta kept going.

“I wanted to live and there was nothing to stop me,” she said. One night her health deteriorated and she had to be rushed to hospital at 10 pm. “One of my sisters suggested ayurvedic and homeopathic treatment,” Swarnkanta recalled. While calling homeopath Dr Arpit Chopra during night, Chandel hoped for a miracle.

“Doctor arrived at 12 midnight and it was as if a new day truly began for us,” Chandel said. The doctor gave medicines for immediate relief and further began a course of treatment. “We began following simple ayurvedic tips like ‘pomegranate and half papaya leaf’ juice,” Chandel said. Surprising doctors, Swarnkanta recovered in months. “All my life I have learned and experienced the power of belief and positivity. I am just another example of it,” she told Free Press.