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|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 816-817
Dr. Sanjiv Sinha (8th September 1956 -7th August 2015)
Department of Neurosurgery, Gobind Ballabh Pant Institute Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, New Delhi, India
|Date of Web Publication||6-Oct-2015|
Dr. Daljit Singh
Department of Neurosurgery, Gobind Ballabh Pant Institute Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, New Delhi
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Singh D. Dr. Sanjiv Sinha (8th September 1956 -7th August 2015). Neurol India 2015;63:816-7
Memories of those who are not with us are always deep seated in our heart and leave an impact forever in our mind. It was on 7 August 2015, around 9.45 PM, when I, along with Dr. AK Srivastava, were receiving guests arriving to participate in the Neurological Society of India (NSI) Instructional and Foundation Course that was scheduled to be held in our department the next day i.e. 8th August 2015 from 8 am. My senior resident, Dr. Ali suddenly called, “Sir has had a respiratory arrest…what do I do? He is on Ambu bag ventilation.” I rushed to the hospital from the hotel where the faculty members for the NSI course were checking in.
Dr. Sinha and his family had earlier conveyed a 'do not resuscitate and not-to-be-placed on ventilatory support' request for him. By the time I reached his room, he was no more. There was a stunning silence in our intensive care unit. We had long before the event, realized the futility of hoping to avoid the inevitable but when it actually happened, there was complete disbelief. His Soul had gone to meet the Supreme Soul. Tragically, the funeral was performed on 8 August 2015 at 3 PM while the NSI course was still being conducted in the hospital. Many faculty members and delegates who had come for the course attended the funeral. It was an unique tribute that had never before taken place in the history of NSI.
It is difficult to express the myriad experiences that we shared together and what all members of our department miss the most about him. For us in the department, he was like an elder brother. He was a thorough gentleman, simple, cooperative, unassuming and a person who would never get angry. A bit of an introvert, he was very intelligent and an expert in his field.
Born on 8 September in Agra, he studied in SN Medical College, Agra and later completed his MCh from the GB Pant hospital. He joined the MCh program in 1987 and was an alumni of the 5th batch of the department.
After completing his MCh, he joined as a specialist in RML Hospital Delhi. He went to Japan and Australia on various fellowships and established as well as modified several surgical techniques. His passion in Neurosurgery was surgery of spine, in particular, laminoplasty, and surgery for the craniovertebral junction. He was a well-known name in his areas of interest. He had also set an Indian record, duly acknowledged by the Limca Book of Records in the year 2013, for the removal of largest brain tumour.
He derived a major part of his strength from the loving support provided by his two daughters and a very understanding wife. The daughters, Sanya and Rinni, are professionally qualified, being a Dentist and an Engineer, respectively.
In the departmental activities, he would always involve all of us together, discuss the issues with us and would try to solve our problems to the best of his ability, as soon as he could. He became the Head of Department of Neurosurgery at GB Pant Hospital and was its Chairman until his last day. He was an able administrator, always caring for his patients.
His last assignment was the NSI Course, for which he had bid. Dr. Sinha was diagnosed with carcinoma of the gall bladder about 8 months ago. However, he was continuously enquiring about the event, despite his poor health. He breathed his last just before the night of its inauguration.
On behalf of entire neuroscientist community of India, I express my deepest condolences to Dr. Sinha's bereaved family. I pray that the Almighty gives Dr. Sinha rest and peace and freedom from the cycle of birth and death, and his family, peace and courage to bear this immense loss.
Dr. Sinha, you will remain and live in our memories… forever…