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Providing solace in those final moments

Caring for the terminally ill has been a way of life for 43-year-old Dr Phani Sree Sagi, who manages a centre that alleviates suffering of those near death

Published: 22nd February 2017 10:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2017 06:07 AM   |  A+A-

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HYDERABAD: It is no exaggeration that every human being seeks to reduce suffering and live a life of happiness. And death is an inevitable part of life. Naturally, a person seeks solace in the final moments of his/her life. Seeking to provide a congenial atmosphere for patients suffering from interminable illnesses and mitigate their pain, Sparsh Hospice was founded in 2011 as an initiative of Rotary Club of Banjara Hills Charitable Trust.

Palliative care begins when a patient is diagnosed with an incurable disease, whereas hospice begins when it gets clear the patient cannot survive the illness, says Clinical Lead and Medical Director Dr Phani Sree Sagi.
The hospice has cared for 809 patients till date, says Dr Phani Sree. Not surprisingly, The New Indian Express feted her with a ‘Devi Award’ on September 26, 2016 at a glittering event held in the city.
Elaborating on the feelings of the terminally ill, Dr Phani Sree says, “It depends on the patient. Some would be in denial and rage at the ‘injustice’. Others break down, while a few tend to accept the situation gracefully. The role of the counsellor is crucial. Apart from the patient, we counsel the family members as well, to cope with the situation.”

“The hospice uses different kinds of pain-relieving methods such as counselling, aroma therapy, music therapy, and more. From simple analgesics like paracetamol, diclofenac to strong pain killers like morphine, fentanyl patches, we take all measures to relieve the patients’ physical discomfort”, she adds.
On providing the right food for the patients, Dr Phani Sree says they use a wide-range of diets such as soft, liquid, etc. depending on their condition.

To foster a sense of bonding, festivals such as Sankranti, Ugadi, Holi, Dussera, Deepavali are celebrated with the patients and their family members, she adds.
The hospice receives funds from Banjara Hills Rotary Club and other philanthropists. For those willing to donate, this is the link: www.sparshhospice.org.
On future goals, Dr Phani Sree says the organisation is seeking assistance from the state for the land procurement and construction of a 50-bedded hospice in the city.

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