ARE THE EXPERIENCES OF DR.DUTTA, AS RECORDED IN THE
BOOK INSPIRED MEDICINE,EDITED BY JUDY WARNER, AND PUBLISHED
BY LEELA PRESS IN USA, RADIO SAI NOW PRESENTS EXCERPTS
FROM AN ARTICLE BY DR. PURNENDU DUTTA, M.D.
RADIO SAI THANKS BOTH THE EDITOR AND THE PUBLISHER FOR
GRANTING PERMISSION TO SHARE THESEEXCERPTS FROM THEIR
DR. DUTTA WAS BORN IN CALCUTTA, AND WENT THROUGH MEDICAL
SCHOOL IN THAT CITY. LATER HE WENT TO ENGLAND FOR FURTHER
TRAINING, AND BECAME A FELLOW OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF
SURGEONS. HE THEN RECEIVED AN INVITATION FROM AMERICA,
AND ACCEPTED A RESEARCH POSITION IN THE UNIVERSITY OF
MINNESOTA. HE HAS BEEN IN AMERICA EVER SINCE.
RIGHT FORM HIS CHILDHOOD, DR. DUTTA HAS BEEN VERY RELIGIOUS,
AND CONSTANTLY PRAYED TO DURGA, THE GODDESS WORSHIPPED
IN INDIA AS THE UNIVERSAL MOTHER. THIS HELPED HIM A
LOT BECAUSE THE HIDDEN HAND OF DIVINITY CONSTANTLY GUIDED
DR. DUTTA WHILE DEALING WITH VERY COMPLICATED MEDICAL
DR. DUTTA CAME TO BHAGAVAN BABA IN 1985, AND HIS FIRST
TRIP TO PUTTAPARTHI WAS MADE IN 1987. IT WAS THEN HE
KNEW WHO EXACTLY HAS BEEN GUIDING HIM ALL ALONG. SINCE
THEN, DR. DUTTA HAS HAD EVEN MORE STUNNING EXPERIENCES
I have felt Baba's presence and guidance
in everything I do. I seek His permission and help all
the time. I am not afraid of treating seriously ill
patients knowing that Baba, the great beacon and guide,
will be with me, giving me courage and inspiration.
There are many instances in my practice where extremely
difficult situations were overcome by some inexplicable
supernatural intervention. I attribute this to Baba.
To me, God is Baba and Baba is God. It is all Baba's
Leela or sport. All of the following cases demonstrate
the active help Baba has given me over the years.
There was a middle-aged man whom I
started to treat for peptic ulcer disease. He soon developed
a tumor in his parathyroid gland with high calcium level
in his blood. I removed the tumor from his neck with
great success. The ulcer disease in his stomach deteriorated
and, soon, he was diagnosed to have tumors in his pancreas,
which were responsible for increased acid production
from his stomach and ulcer formation. He needed a total
removal of his stomach, a formidable undertaking. He
was also anemic with increased risk from surgery. Other
surgeons were skeptical about his surgery. I presented
the case before a panel of physicians and surgeons.
The consensus was to treat him medically and not to
take undue surgical risk. At this point, I was very
disheartened and disappointed that the patient would
have to suffer tremendously for the rest of his life.
I started praying to Baba for help and gained courage
to do the right thing, which was surgery. I spent several
sleepless nights at the hospital taking care of this
sick man and constantly praying for his life. My prayers
were answered, and he survived with a great result.
The next was the case of a middle-aged
man who was the hospital barber where I worked. Like
most barbers, this man was very friendly and was liked
by everyone. He had a small shop at the basement of
the hospital. The hospital staff and patients were his
clients. One day, the chief of the urology department
called to tell me that the barber, who was his friend,
was diagnosed with advanced cancer of the abdomen and
that his doctors felt that nothing could be done for
him. He was suffering greatly with pain and was unable
to eat properly. I felt very sorry for the barber who
was left to undergo the natural course of the dreadful
disease. My urologist friend was hoping that I would
be able to help. I started praying hard to Baba to give
me some insight into this patient's problem. I accepted
the patient for evaluation first and confirmed the diagnosis
of cancer of the stomach, which may have spread to the
surrounding organs. CT scan was not available at that
time. After more prayers to Baba, I gathered courage
and explained to the family that I would explore the
patient's abdomen, hoping that I would be able to do
something to help him. During surgery, I found that
the tumour had invaded part of the adjoining colon and
the tail and body of the pancreas. I had never before
had any experience of doing an en block resection surgery
of this magnitude. I almost gave up. I prayed intensely
to Baba for help and guidance. Suddenly, I felt some
strength, and I realized that this operation was the
only chance that this man had for any kind of relief
of symptoms. I removed most of his stomach, part of
his colon and part of his pancreas in one block. This
was not a curative operation by any means. At best it
was palliative. The man, however, was able to eat and
gain weight and was free of pain. He lived for eighteen
months following surgery and was able to take care of
his family duties before passing away peacefully. Only
Baba's help had made this possible.
A young African American woman in her
late twenties was brought to the emergency room with
massive upper gastrointestinal bleeding. I was on call,
and people knew of my skills with endoscopy. After initial
resuscitation, requiring blood transfusion, I looked
into her oesophagus and stomach with the endoscope.
She was bleeding from superficial ulcerations in her
stomach. She also had prominent esophageal varices,
but they were not bleeding. I treated her with conservative
measures. She stopped bleeding and promptly recovered.
After five days, she re-bled massively. On scoping again,
I found that her ulcers were not bleeding at this time,
but there was massive bleeding from the esophageal varices,
which are cherry-like blood vessels in the lower oesophagus.
I treated her with conservative measures of blood transfusion
and intravenous pitressin drip. She continued to bleed.
I was spending nights at the hospital trying to resuscitate
her. She was in the intensive care unit for the whole
time and was being fed intravenously with nutrients.
By this time, she had received many units of transfusion
of blood and various blood products. She was a very
poor risk for surgery. I consulted with some other surgical
colleagues of mine. Everyone suggested conservative
medical management. I felt that this woman's life was
threatened. She was the mother of two very young children.
I prayed to Baba for help. I thought that surgery, although
extremely risky, was her only way out of trouble. As
she was going downhill, I intensified my prayers. Baba
eventually gave me the courage to take her into surgery.
This time, I needed to create a bypass between her portal
and systemic venous systems, a really major undertaking
and a great risk after so much bleeding. Upon exploration,
I could not find a portal vein as there was a cavernous
malformation of the portal system. I ended up doing
a mesocaval shunt operation with an 'H' graft with a
synthetic material called Gortex. This involved connecting
two large veins with this artificial tube enabling blood
to flow, thereby bypassing the obstruction. During the
whole procedure I was silently praying, asking for some
light into this difficult situation. Baba was kind enough
to help me. The patient survived and is doing well eighteen
years later. The family wants to give the credit to
me, but I have been successful in convincing them that
it was God who saved her life.
An elderly African American woman from a poor socio-economic
background was admitted under my care. She had diabetic
gangrene of both feet, and her doctors recommended amputation
of her legs. I presented her in our clinical conference.
All the doctors recommended amputation. I prayed to
Baba for this woman and asked Him to save her legs and
feet. I controlled her diabetes, debrided dead tissue
and made multiple incisions in the feet to promote proper
drainage of infected exudates. It worked in our favor
again, but only because of a lot of prayers. The lady
was able to walk out of the hospital after four months.
This patient's legs were saved because Baba heard my
always believed in God and prayed to Him. After I came
to know Lord Sai deeply, in 1985, I realized that Baba
is the Supreme Lord. All forms of God are His. Since
then, I only pray to Baba. Before my closeness to Baba
was developed, I depended more on my medical and technical
knowledge than on the power of prayer in my practice
of medicine and surgery. But after Baba came into my
life, I have dedicated everything to Him.
Becoming a physician has given me the unique opportunity
to serve the sick and the needy. I now feel when I treat
my patients that I am in Baba's service. I offer my
Pranaams to Lord Sai for His constant guidance and His
healing miracles in my medical Practice.