JAIPUR: Jaipur-based urologist, that had been the first physician to do a kidney transplant in Rajasthan, expired at 67. He tested positive for Covid-19 on June 17.
Following a lengthy struggle with Covid, Dr S L Tolani, that tested negative for the virus, didn’t endure the onslaught of this virus onto his organs. He’s the first physician from the country to die of complications arising from the virus disease.
An official of a private hospital where he was undergoing treatment, stated,”He’d recovered from Covid, however, his organs had been severely affected. After recovering, he was changed to medical ICU, where he breathed his last.”
Dr Tolani, who finished his clinical studies from Agra at 1979, had initiated renal transplant at the state. He’d gone into Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital and educated in urology until he arrived to Jaipur.
“He created innovative urological clinics in Rajasthan from the mid-80s. Here he conducted the first kidney transplant in 1986. This was a pioneering work,” explained Dr Ashok Odhrani, managing trustee of the private hospital in which Dr Tolani functioned for decades.
Ever since that time he looked back and conducted across one lakh major and minor surgeries that also comprise about 700 kidney transplant, Dr Odhrani claimed.
Regardless of the virus scare, Dr Tolani attended his patients throughout the pandemic and required security measures like wearing PPE kits. He developed Covid symptoms in mid-June. After that, he quarantined himself in his house for a couple of days. When his condition didn’t improve, he had been admitted to a hospital to get therapy. His condition deteriorated, after that he had been placed on ventilator support for 12 days.
His lung disease deteriorated. He had been medicated with anti-virals, Interleukin — 6 blockers, SLED, cytosorb treatment, etc.. However he eventually passed away following a month-long struggle with Covid.
Dr Tolani’s death has come as a jolt to the fraternity. “He was a kind hearted physician who conducted several surgeries for free for underprivileged and poor sufferers,” explained Dr M N Thareja, president, Indian Medical Association (Rajasthan).
Dr K Singh, general physician, who worked with Dr Tolani for over 10 years, stated,”In late 90therefore, a great deal of patients with kidney issues were deprived of health care in rural regions. At that moment, Dr Tolani organised outreach camps for individuals. He had been an endoscopic surgery leader. I’ve learnt a lot.”
“He’s given a lot to health care centers. He conducted the first kidney transplant at the middle -80so if patients had been heading to Delhi or Mumbai for transplant,” explained Dr Suraj Godara, adviser renal transplant of a hospital.