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  • My ‘piggy’ inspiration

    June 29, 2017, 8:31 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | Lifestyle | TOI

    I once read a news story of a pig in Punjab who managed to escape his pigsty, just when the butcher came wielding his knife. The poor animal, about to be served on the table,…

  • A second shot at life? You can make it possible

    April 25, 2017, 2:32 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | India | TOI

    Till about two years ago, Asra Shaikh (17 years) was a regular student of class 12th at AMC Urdu School, Aurangabad. Bright in studies and ever-cheerful, she had a promising life ahead of her to…

  • That day…I felt one with the universe

    December 19, 2016, 10:04 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | Lifestyle | TOI

    At the crack of dawn….I tip-toed out of my room, to the refugee area, adjoining my sister’s apartment. I look up at the sky – ablaze with a million, shimmering stars – no moon. Don’t…

  • Negotiating with pharma companies, chemists and labs

    November 26, 2016, 04:40 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | Lifestyle | TOI

    I was about to neatly fold my facial mask and keep it in the drawer, when Rahul, the liver transplant co-ordinator at Sahyadri Hospital, Pune, said, “Throw it in the bin – no second use.” ...

  • Sailing on faith

    November 19, 2016, 11:33 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | Lifestyle | TOI

    A caretaker’s account of her sister’s fight with liver cancer and recovery after transplant (This is a ghostwritten piece. The thoughts and feelings are Poonam Taneja’s and the words are Radhika Sachdev’s)

  • Round five: Everything is recyclable

    November 3, 2016, 5:36 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | India | TOI

    Four years ago as we sat outside the intensive care unit that housed my 67-year-old mother on a life support system at Max Hospital, NOIDA (UP), there was never a moment of doubt that she would not make it back.

  • Round four: All Clear

    October 24, 2016, 07:13 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | India | TOI

    The first thing my smiling nursing practitioners did yesterday afternoon after I signed off from LinkedIn, was removed my nail paint that I’d so carefully put before leaving for Chennai.

  • Everything sanitised

    October 18, 2016, 10:36 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | India | TOI

    Protecting my body against any kind of secondary infection, while on a heavy dose of immuno-suppressants for at least three months, post surgery (ideally, its got to be six months) initially turned out to be a much bigger, non-negotiable challenge...

  • Round three: Tricks my mind plays/

    October 11, 2016, 02:56 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | Lifestyle | TOI

    A friend said something the other day that made a tremendous impact. She said despite the remarkable progress made by medical science and the precision of cutting-edge diagnostic tools, doctors are unable to accurately predict the exact timing of the birth of a child...

  • Sahyadari: My second birthplace

    October 3, 2016, 04:06 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | India | TOI

    My surgeon at Sahyadari Multi-Specialty Hospital in Pune, Dr Bipin Vibhute, has the thoughtful bearings of a French scholar...

  • D-Day: The Call Comes

    September 30, 2016, 12:50 AM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | India | TOI

    The call from Sahyadri Hospital, Pune came at 4 pm on September 4, 2016. They had a brain dead patient whose family was ready to donate...

  • Round two: Turn on your stomach

    September 20, 2016, 05:29 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | Lifestyle | TOI

    “Turn on your stomach, madam and go to sleep. This might take about 45 minutes to an hour,” the soft-spoken radiologist said nonchalantly...

  • Round one: Ready for the OT

    October 24, 2016, 07:13 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | India | TOI

    I was woken up at 5.30 am. Brushed my teeth, took a bath with the antiseptic gel and changed into my new set of button less cotton tunic and pyjamas, hair tightly braided, as instructed.//

  • Protected by love

    September 7, 2016, 05:13 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | Lifestyle | TOI

    As I lie in my hospital bed thinking a million thoughts, there is one that sustains me through the ordeal...

  • Poked, pricked and prodded

    September 2, 2016, 04:43 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | Lifestyle | TOI

    Things are moving fast, so I must pick up speed with my writing, while the memory is still vivid and sharp in my mind. My objective for doing this series is not to seek sympathy or appear altruistic, but be practical...

  • The countdown has begun

    August 29, 2016, 07:00 AM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | India | TOI

    I am back from Apollo Group of Hospitals in Chennai with a MELD (The Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) score of 22...

  • Donate not sell

    August 26, 2016, 07:11 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | India | TOI

    “Have you registered at Hiranandani Hospital, Thane?” a neighbour, who had read about my scheduled liver transplant, waylaid me the other day...

  • A second inning

    August 23, 2016, 11:41 PM IST Radhika Sachdev in First Person | India | TOI

    I am caught in a very Kafkaesque situation. In four hours from now, I would be boarding my flight to Chennai to find a cadaver donation for my liver transplant...