On July 19, 2013, Christian Hospital Mungeli (CHM) was presented with a very unique medical case.
On July 19, 2013, Christian Hospital Mungeli (CHM) was presented with a very unique medical case. Mrs. Meena Jengde, a thirty-six-year-old housewife from the village of Chitapar, visited the CHM outpatient department in desperate hopes that someone might be able to help cure her particular ailment once and for all.
Prior to her CHM visit, Meena had been living with a large goiter for nearly a decade. The goiter, situated in the middle of her neck, had prevented her from participating in her normal daily activities and forced her to significantly decrease her regular work load. Although she had experienced some respiratory problems and unexplained weakness, Meena was unsure of what exactly was happening to her. A little concerned about her condition she decided to visit a local doctor in Raipur. Upon receiving reassurance that she didn’t need any treatment other than a particular unknown drug, Meena continued to live with her worsening condition for several more years. Throughout those years, she continued to avoid both doctors and hospitals simply because the goiter was not causing her any severe pain.
However, on July 19, 2013, after hearing about the hospital from some people in her village, she came to CHM as a final plea for help. On July 20, 2013, CHM surgeons successfully performed a total thyroidectomy. Meena was able to pay by using the government Smart Card System which is an insurance scheme by the government which reimburses about $250 to the hospital for the cost of her surgery.
Although she was apprehensive before the operation, she was extremely pleased with the service and care that the CHM staff provided during her recovery period. She anticipates the opportunity to rejoin her husband and her seven children and to resume her normal activities.