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Sheetal’s date with dentist

delhi Updated: Jan 21, 2009 23:46 IST
Rhythma Kaul
Rhythma Kaul
Hindustan Times
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For Sheetal Rawat, 11, Monday was a tough day. A visit to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences reminded her of the trauma she underwent in September last year. She was injured in the Mehrauli blast.

“We came here last time too, didn’t we?” she said to her father Bachchan Singh Rawat, as she they entered the hospital.

Hindustan Times met her twice in three days and spent over four hours talking to her about her injuries, but there was not even a single mention of the words ‘bomb’ or ‘blast’.

Four months ago, she had returned from the hospital disappointed after making numerous rounds of different departments.

This particular day, she went straight to meet Dr D.K. Sharma, the medical superintendent of the hospital, who has offered to do everything possible for the girl.

Rawat explained Sheetal’s symptoms to Dr Sharma and showed him all the medical reports. Sharma referred her to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery unit in the Department of Dental Surgery. “You go there with this letter. If you still have a problem, come back to me,” Dr Sharma told her..

She was soon ushered into the OPD of Dr Ongila Bhutia, assistant professor of dentistry at the institute.

“Her teeth are broken but some roots are still there, causing the pain. We have to remove them and give her dentures, which will help her chew better and speak more clearly. When she is older, about 15, and her jaw is fully developed, we’ll give her permanent dental implants,” said Dr Bhutia.

Dr Bhutia offered to begin the extractions that very day. Rawat was only too happy. “My wife won’t believe it,” he said.

Sheetal burst into tears. Dr Bhutia tried to talk her into it. Nurses came in and tried to calm her. But Sheetal would have none of it.

Finally, Dr Bhutia rescheduled her appointment for Saturday.

Her next visit was to Dr Veena Jain, a prosthodontist who has to the make dentures. “Measurements will be taken after the gum heals in about four to six weeks after the extraction, she said. “We’ll give you very nice new teeth,” she added.

Rawat couldn’t believe it all. “It’s a dream. I just want her to be okay and I don’t think that day is far,” he said.

Sheetal finally managed a smile and said “Saturday”.