heart is a living organ bestowed with romantic, spiritual, and indeed a vital mystique
through the ages. Speaking medically, it is an intricately designed pump that
beats ceaselessly through the entire life time of an individual.
surgery started in early twentieth century and progressed by leaps and bounds
once the heart-lung machine became available facilitating open heart operations
on a large scale.
practice of medicine is for basic good of mankind, no matter where and how it
is rendered. The men and women working
in the field of cardiac medicine and surgery have brought the latest skills to
the suffering patients everywhere. In the process, we unconsciously wear a mask
of technical competence and efficiency and get far removed from the social and emotional
milieu of the patients. This book is an attempt to remove this mask and look
beyond bringing a unique Indian perspective.
this book, which shares the personal courage and faith that people display in
overcoming difficult moments of life, the author hopes that her readers will
find a resonance of their personal tribulations and triumphs even beyond
illness and surgery.
Dr. Ratna Magotra was born in Jammu in India on 16
December,1946. Her brilliance in the academic field, as evidenced by the
numerous scholarships and awards that she’d won, was translated into an
excellent career record. An eminent cardiac surgeon, she has been distinguished
by awards such as Special prize from Nehru Foundation New Delhi for Academic
Achievements (1979), the Dr. Jal R. Vakil Memorial Award (1994), Special Award
of Appreciation for Contributions to Rural Surgery by Association of Rural
Surgeons of India (1999), and the Americares India's Spirit of
Humanity award in Cardiovascular Surgery Category (2011).
her higher education at the Lady Hardinge Medical College and the Mumbai
University and further training at the Guy’s Hospital in U K and Texas Heart in
Houston, USA, she served as Professor/Head, Department of Cardiovascular
and Thoracic Surgery at the G.S Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital Mumbai,
from where she took early retirement.
Magotra is also a Trustee and Honorary Director of Cardiac Services, Gram
Seva Trust, (Navsari District, Gujarat) and Public Concern for Governance
She is currently
practicing as Honorary Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon at the Smt. S.R.Mehta &
Sir K.P Cardiac Institute, Mumbai.
A patriotic crusader, she has
participated actively in the India against Corruption movement led by Anna Hazare
An avid reader, she also loves Indian
classical music and travelling. And has travelled extensively in India and