| Ulla Genstromer during her release on Tuesday
Calcuttans may choose to go to south India or Mumbai for cancer treatment but a 72-year-old Swedish woman selected a private hospital in the city to get her colon cancer treated after failing to get a surgery date in her country before August.
Ulla Genstromer, a retired sports instructor, was diagnosed with colon cancer in May. In Sweden, where most hospitals are government-run, theres a long waiting time for patients like Genstromer. So she was asked to wait till August, said her son-in-law, Roger Undhagen.
Her family, unwilling to wait, started to look for places where they could get the operation performed at once.
At first, when my son-in-law told me he had gathered that India would be a good choice for the surgery, I was rather taken aback, smiled Genstromer on Tuesday.
I think differently now, she was quick to add.
On Tuesday, just before her discharge from Ruby General Hospital, where the operation took place on June 30, she said getting a surgery done within five days of arriving and going back cancer-free in just 15 days was amazing. She had been admitted on June 26.
My doctor (Gautam Mukhopadhyay) told me I could be back on the golf course in a month or so and that is the best part for me, said the elated septuagenarian.
Mukhopadyay, who led the team of 10 doctors who performed the operation, said it was a critical operation because the patient had a heart condition that made the anaesthetists job very challenging.
Subir Ganguly, a clinical oncologist in the government sector, said the operation proved both that Calcutta oncologists were capable of dealing with critical cases while providing world-class facilities.