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Kings lose the master

india Updated: Sep 16, 2006 12:03 IST
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A TRUE Georgian all his life, Dr NC Mishra left for heavenly abode on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

The man who always struggled to see cancer patients recover, left behind a grieving family, colleagues, class fellows and students.

The city lost a doctor and the only medical university of the state lost its true student.

He was the first Indian to get trained in Surgical Oncology in America and introduce the technique of administering cancer medicine straight into the arteries of the patient.

Setting up the Surgical Oncology Department at King George’s Medical University was apart from his surgical expertise and sympathy for patients that made him go out of the way on numerous occasions.

“Fast-n-clean surgeon was the name given to him by his colleagues for his swift working style. Patients loved him because he gave them sympathy and medicines,” says Prof Mahdi Hasan, former principal of Aligarh Medical College and  class fellow of Dr Mishra.

With numerous awards like BC Roy Award in his name, Dr Mishra was a man with vision.

Despite running on dialysis for some years, he never turned away from his patients. He continued consultancy even in between dialysis at his home.

‘A master of surgical skills’ who enjoyed a sharp memory till his last days was very much comfortable with his patients coming to him as their last hope for survival.

“He would not discriminate between rich and poor patients.. A poor man had equal right to enter his chamber as any other influential person did,” commented Prof Hasan, with tears in his eyes.

Very few knew that he was an excellent basketball player, too.

A condolence meet was held at KGMU this afternoon and the varsity was then closed for the day.

KGMU VC Prof Hari Gautam and several other faculty members visited the residence of Dr Mishra.