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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 709

Quadriparesis: An Ode to Defiance

Department of Neurology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission08-May-2020
Date of Acceptance28-May-2020
Date of Web Publication24-Jul-2020

Correspondence Address:
Divyani Garg
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi - 110 001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aian.AIAN_418_20

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13-year-old male,

‘Naman’- His palindromic name

Which means ‘greeting’.

Bright-eyed, disheveled hair,

And 32 days

On the ventilator.

Head-end up, tracheostomy in situ,

One index finger stuffed,

Into the oximeter’s cocoon,

Which he still cannot not raise.

He looks at me, very curious

As I test his tone, his power, the absence of his reflexes,

As I scan his ECG traces

His errant autonomic system,

A jagged symphony of peaks and valleys.

Any moment he will sink yet again

Into an autonomic abyss,

And we will frantically deal

With the profound silence

Of his asystole.

Didi, can I have Frooti? He mouths today

I have been trying to lip-read his slack weak face

For ten minutes now

And I have to hide my smile.

That vivid orange syrup

Slides down his nasogastric tube,

Contrasting with his usual pale milky feeds.

He is ebullient, joyous at the sight,

And today we manage to soothe his craving body


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