Author: Sameer Rajadnya

A Rotten ‘Misadventure’

Savita Halappanavar’s widower condemns ‘barbaric and inhuman care’, and says ‘she was just left there to die’

I cant help but think that if she had been Irish, instead of a foreigner, the jury wouldn’t have labelled it a ‘Misadventure’ – a term that sounds clinically casual – it would have been called  ‘Malpractice’ or ‘Negligent Homicide’.

The nurse said a life-saving abortion wasn’t possible for her since ‘this is a catholic country’. The doctors obviously agreed. She wasn’t Catholic or even Irish.

So they let her die, while waiting to see if the baby was ‘acceptably’ dead first inside her.

As Indians we’re not in a great position to criticize medical care in other countries – our own hospitals have much lacking, and i’m sure there’s plenty that happens which isn’t even reported, But that’s not the point.

Its holding people to the same standard they espouse – and the application of which becomes easily loose with loopholes, when it shows themselves in a bad light.


Persistent Trauma Stress Disorder

When there is no P in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I’ve often thought that a large number of people in India – a vast percentage of the population – live in a state of persistent trauma, where the stresses of trying to survive are daily and relentless.

“In the developing world, it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish mental health problems from the stresses of poverty and conflict….

Does an Indian farmer commit suicide because of a mental illness, or because farming broke down and left him with no income?”

People like these farmers would not complain about the ‘inappropriateness’ of their mental state compared to others around them, because it is normal for everyone, it is ongoing, and they would rather focus more on their immediate physical needs, not their mental comfort, which is a luxury.

Understood like this, it also explains a lot about the apathy that Indians seem to have about their surroundings, communities, and their lack of interest in the future – something that is often and mistakenly discussed as a ‘spiritual’ aspect of their culture.

via: When PTSD Misses The P – | By Andrew Sullivan.