It was on November 27, 2016 – that Bhagawan had made the grand declaration of the upcoming hospital in Maharashtra. He had declared, “Two years from now, mark my words, we will be all gathered at another part of the country way down in the south to open another hospital in Maharashtra. I’m not imagining and telling things. But I’m seeing and telling you. The reader may be in the tenth page of the book and he may not know what’s on the sixtieth page. Whereas the writer of the book knows the entire story. I know the whole story.”
As per the Divine assurance, exactly two years on, November 27, 2018 was to stand as the D-Day for the commencement of services, of yet another magnificent temple of healing – Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centre for Child Heart Care and Training in Paediatric Skills in Navi Mumbai. This grand building truly stands as a testament to the unstoppable will of the Lord when it is joined by human effort; just as Bhagawan has reminded us time and again that when God’s will and man’s effort come together, nothing is impossible.
On the evening of November 26, Bhagawan along with His entourage, students, staff and devotees from 40 countries gathered at this hallowed hospital building. While everyone were seated under the stars, in the centre of the heart-shaped hospital, Bhagawan went around each and every room that had been built so far. After some time, He glided outside amidst the devotees while melodious Bhajans reverberated all around.
The evening programme, which was a medical conference outlining various aspects of the Sai Sanjeevani hospitals, was introduced by Dr Sreemayi Sreenivas. She welcomed Bhagawan and all the guests, thanking Him for coming to Navi Mumbai. She then introduced the introductory speaker, Sri C Sreenivas, Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust, who reminded everyone that Bhagawan is the one who has done everything and it is only He who breaths through each one of us, working through us every second of every day. He also narrated the miraculous account of the land upon which this blessed facility has been built, recounting how the Government of Maharashtra had offered this very land to Bhagawan more than 15 years ago. Although Bhagawan had returned this land to the Government three years later, it is this very same piece of land that has found its way back to Bhagawan, for His mission of building this Hospital! Sri Sreenivas reminded everyone that when Bhagawan is working through us, success is ensured and knows no bounds.
The next speaker was Dr Rishikesh Wadke. An MD in Public Health, Dr Wadke summarised the various aspects of physical, mental and social wellbeing and elucidated on the numerous dimensions of holistic health, to which Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani caters. The second speaker Dr C S Srinivas who is an MD in Paediatrics, spoke about the role of Paediatricians as a bridging gap. He covered some details about common congenital heart diseases and their symptoms. This was followed by a Cardiologist’s perspective on the scenario in Maharashtra – Dr L. Srinivas, a Cardiologist from Jupiter Hospital in Mumbai.
Dr Prabhatha Rashmi, from the Sai Sanjeevani family then spoke about the Sai Sanjeevani way of addressing the burden of congenital heart defects. She spoke about the matter of congenital heart disease among the rural population of India and ways in which Sai Sanjeevani can ensure that healthcare access is provided to the poorest, and most needy sections of society.
Dr Ashish Katewa, Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital Naya Raipur presented next. He spoke about the pearls and perils of free cardiac health care. He beautifully outlined the joys and dangers of providing free healthcare, and summarised a number of ways in which Sai Sanjeevani can tackle the perils which may come with this noble initiative.
This was then followed by a presentation by Dr Shaun Setty, a Paediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac surgeon from California, USA. He spoke about the level of healthcare provided in the USA along with some data, comparing the problem of congenital heart disease in India, with that abroad. Dr Smruti Ranjan Mohanty, a Paediatric Cardiologist from the Kokila Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai, then presented a talk on life after Congenital Heart Surgery, and elaborated on some various possible outcomes of surgery.
The next speaker for the evening was Dr Madhu Mahadeve, an MD in Anaesthesia. He gave a brief and wonderful insight into skill development in Sai Sanjeevani. Sri Arvind Thiagarajan, the penultimate speaker for the Conference, is the founder and CEO of HD Medical, USA. He gave a very short presentation on his invention of a smart Sthetoscope which can be used to screen for congenital heart defects in children. The final speech was by Sri HSD Srinivas, Director of Health, Tata Trusts. He spoke about public social responsibilities in building a healthy India and touched upon the role of philanthropy in contributing towards creating a healthy nation.
A final vote of thanks was delivered by Dr Sai Sujana, a budding Paediatrician, and an alumnae from Swami’s Primary School in Prasanthi Nilayam. Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan, and dinner Prasadam was served to all gathered.