November 26, 2019
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital at Khargar, Mumbai, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai visited the facility with guests from across the world. The morning was spent walking through the Hospital, which culminated in a Trust meeting. Lunch was served to all, while preparations were underway for the evening programme, which commenced with a song dedicated to Lord Ganesha, by Ms Gunashree, a member of the Hospital staff.
Sri C Sreenivas, Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals, delivered the welcome address in which he mentioned the dastardly act of terrorism that was perpetrated on the land of Mumbai on November 26, 2008, and on the same day, a befitting tribute is offered by the city, which is engaged in saving lives. The ‘Gift of Life’ ceremony was conducted next, in which a certificate is given to the patient who has been operated upon, as a reminder how precious the surgery had been for everybody involved. The certificates were handed over to many children by various dignitaries on stage including Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai; Sri C Sreenivas; Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma; Sri Hariharan; Sri Ajay Srinivasan, CEO of Aditya Birla Capital Ltd; Sri Navneet Manoj, Executive Director of SBI Mutual Funds; Dr Snehal Kulkarni, a leading cardiologist and President of Pediatric Cardiac Society of India; Sri Vyas Murlidharan, President of Boxing Association of India; Sri Prabhat Pani, Head of Alliances, Tata Trust; and the legendary Cricketer, Sri Sunil Gavaskar.
This was followed by a gratitude programme where parents of various children who were treated at the Sai Sanjeevani Hospital spoke about their ordeals, troubles, and finally the joy they experienced when their children received the treatment, a true ‘gift of life’.
A video was also shown which traced the baby steps taken by the Sri Sathya Sai Hospital at Kharghar, and the complex surgeries being performed, one year hence.
Dr Prabhat Rashmi, cardiologist at the Hospital, spoke about the first successful hundred surgeries that were performed by the Hospital. She gave detailed statistics and data-points of the surgeries that were performed, also gave a peek into how everybody is touched and transformed by the service minded culture of the Institution.
Mr Prabhat Pani spoke next about the similarity between Tata Trust and Sai Sanjeevani, and the model of ‘purposeful philanthropy.’ He talked about various impactful projects that Tata Trust have been undertaking. Dr Asha Damodaran, Programme Director, Divine Mother and Child Health Program (DMCHP) spoke next, where she presented facts and figures about the public health system in India. She talked about the Program and its impact in preventing various diseases.
Dr C Srinivas, Co-ordinator of Sanjeevani Projects, spork his heart out about the transformation of hearts of the various people involved with the Hospital, including the staff, parents of children operated, and also the society around the facility.
Dr Rishikesh Wadke, Head of Department and Chief of Public Health Department, and co-ordinator of CSR, delivered his thoughts next and presented various aspects, data-points, and challenges faced by public health in India and how Sai Sanjeevani is proving to be a beacon of life for them. Dr Snehal Kulkarni offered her thoughts on cardiology in India, and the challenges faced in bringing effective treatment to children
across various parts of the country.
This was followed by a cultural programme. A dance recital offered to Lord Vitthala, and a drama on the impact of Sai Sanjeevani on children who are refused treatment in many hospitals. Thereafter, Sri Madhusudan Sai expressed His happiness and spoke about the dedicated and determination with which the whole team of Sai Sanjeevani works. He said that He visited the pre-surgery and post-surgery wards, and could see visibly how the experience is changed. He announced that marking the occasion of the first anniversary of the Hospital, construction of a residential quarters for the staff and doctors will soon commence, which will save the long distances commute in traffic.
After the customary Birthday cake cutting, the evening concluded with Mangala Arati and dinner Prasadam.
November 27, 2019
Sri Sachin Tendulkar, Bharat Ratna and renowned Cricketer, was welcomed at the Hospital premises in the morning around 10:30 a.m. He was pleased to see the Hospital up and running, as he was part of the ground breaking ceremony in November 2017. Along with Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai, Sri Tendulkar proceeded on a quick tour of the Hospital, and was overwhelmed seeing the children in the post operative ward. In the true spirit of sportsmanship, he played cricket with the children, much to their joy, and everyone’s delight. Thereafter, everyone proceeded to the event area for the formal proceedings of the morning, which commenced with prayers, Bhajans and devotional songs. A short video on the genesis of the Sai Sanjeevani Hospital at Kharghar was shown. A very moving item was presented next, when the children operated upon at the Hospital, along with their parents, and even the staff together presented a dance ballet which vividly captured the journey, from anxiety to happiness, for everyone involved in the situation where a child is born with a heart defect, but later receives a gift of life, when successfully treated at the Sai Sanjeevani Hospital.
Dignitaries including Sri C Sreenivas; Sri Sachin Tendulkar; Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Chancellor, Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence; Sri Sanjay Deshmukh, Police Commissioner, Navi Mumbai; Sri Sachin Jadhav, Medical Officer of Panvel Municipality, along with Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai, were invited to be seated on the Dias. ‘Gift of Life’ certificates were handed over to children who had undergone surgeries at the Hospital. A couple of parents expressed their thoughts next, as how and what they felt during those agonising moments when they found out about their children, the helpless situation of understanding the hefty money it would cost them to save their child, and finally the joy they experienced when their children were operated completely free of cost at the Sai Sanjeevani Hospital.
The Swachchta Doot Puraskar, an Award given to clean hospitals under the project started by the Govt. of India was presented to the Chairman, Sri C Sreenivas, as the Sai Sanjeevani Hospital has been declared the cleanest hospital in Navi Mumbai. Ms Madhupriya Aute, Senior Advisor for the Swachch Bharat Mission, spoke in Marathi about how they came to observe and inspect the hospital and found that it was worthy of the honour. Sri C Sreenivas spoke next and thanked everybody who has been a part of building and running the Hospital, which looked like an impossible task almost two years ago, when there was nothing but seemingly barren land.
Sri Sachin Tendulkar was the next speaker who reminisced about how he was standing on the very day two years ago, and there was nothing. But now, the miracle has happened as children are treated and operated upon with love and utmost care. He mentioned that there are many hospitals around, but there you are made to feel like a patient; while at Sai Sanjeevani the patient is embraced like a family member.
Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai conveyed His blessings upon everybody who were a part of the mission of serving society. He said that service to others should be in words, thoughts and actions, at all times. He also mentioned that this was just a baby-step as more and more children are waiting to be treated, and He expressed His wish to add two more operating theaters at the Hospital, so that it could run on full capacity and provide treatment to more children.
The morning programme concluded with the National Anthem and lunch Prasadam.