How India is failing those at the end of life
India has an extremely weak palliative care ecosystem for the terminally ill and the elderly. With an anticipated rise in both those groups, this could be the next big public health challenge
Do terminal patients and the rapidly expanding cohort of elderly have a choice beyond dying in clinical ICUs?
New Delhi: Spaces built to nurse the dying can sometimes surprisingly spring them back to life. Like it did for 37-year-old Siddhartha, a terminal brain cancer patient who has no memory of the day when he was brought to a hospice in the winter of 2017. His body was unable to withstand repeated surgeries and chemotherapy. Siddhartha was slipping into a coma. The oncologist’s prognosis was poor: he was not expected to live beyond a month.