​​Compassionate Doctors Provide Emotional Ease During Treatment: A Patient's Story​​​​


For most of us undergoing surgeries, our private lives bear the heaviest brunt, where there is a trickledown effect on our professions; for Hydris however whose bread and butter is intricately coupled with his level of fitness going under the knife was increasingly vulnerable on both his personal and professional front. Hydris Wajiuddin is one of Karachi’s few treasured fitness instructors that celebrities and others across the country swear by. Being in the public eye comes with its own perks and losses; if you are a personal trainer realistically speaking your body is a cause of concern for more than just a few; you don’t have isolated ownership of your body.

Belonging to a family with a solid history of cancer the tumor behind his ear lobe was an expected but an unpleasant discovery. The tumor was pressing his facial nerves and simple tasks of chewing food became a painful chore. The tension in his suppressed facial nerves hindered his exercise routine and he was advised to refrain from weight lifting. For Hydris his endorphins are connected and driven by his workouts, creation of happy cells depend on his workout thinking about living a life without exercise was the beginning of a nightmare. His setback became a success when he handed his case over to Dr Mumtaz Jamshed at AKUH. Maintaining a strong relationship with AKUH since the age of twelve served as that ground of trust and reliability for him. Hydris was amazed at the star Dr Mumtaz drew on his body to map his region of surgery to ensure quality care that left no margin for error. 

Dr Mumtaz Jamshed with his silent confidence gave Hydris the assurance that drove his insecurities away as he prepared for surgery. Before the surgery Hydris was warned of fat extraction and complications around his facial disposition and jaw restriction. Fat had to be extracted from his body to use in the reconstruction of his face; his thigh or belly had to be pierced to remove fat. Post-surgery the lack of complications that he had previously been warned about engrained permanent faith in Dr Mumtaz and AKUH. 

Pre-operation the doctors had to inject dye in his right arm for the MRI so for the procedure they could only insert the canola in the left arm. On paper it appears to be an exaggeration, a small hiccup but in the moments before surgery nothing is a small hiccup the only comfort is in knowing that you’re in safe hands. 

For a patient undergoing surgery stress can be triggered by something as simple as a canola. The staff at Aga Khan really pulled the extra weight and helped calming his nerves. He believes his success story would be incomplete without mentioning a few names; Isa, John, Begum Naheed, Khadeeja were amongst the few he appreciated. As a norm the presence of an attendant is extremely important for a patient, the lack of one was unique and enforces the kind of faith he placed in his doctors and professional caregivers.  

Hydris’s story highlights that a patient success story relies on the cure of a disease but more so on the stress free, comfortable environment. Having instinctive faith in your caregivers is the key to 90 % of the healing. His faith helped him heal and hit the gym in less time that was required and that in this situation ultimately defines our mutual success.