Bengaluru doctor leaves car stuck in traffic, runs 3 km to perform surgery


Traffic has been a major concern in Bangalore, adversely impacting the day-to-day work of everyone. This was experienced by Dr Govind Nandakumar, a Gastroenterology Surgeon at Manipal Hospital Sarjapur. He was scheduled to perform emergency laparoscopic gallbladder surgery on a middle-aged woman at 10 am on August 30, 2022. But he got stuck in traffic in Sarjapur, Marathalli stretch.

Without thinking twice, the doctor left his car with the driver and ran for 3 km to the hospital to perform the crucial surgery. The surgery went well, and the patient was discharged on time.

“I commute every day from central Bangalore to Manipal Hospitals, Sarjapur, which is in the Southeast of Bangalore. I left home well in time for the surgery. My team was all set and prepared to perform the surgery as soon as I reached the hospital. Looking at the huge traffic, I decided to leave the car with the driver and ran towards the hospital without thinking twice,” Dr Govind Nandakumar.

Dr. Govind Nandkumar is a Consultant Gastroenterology at Manipal Hospitals, Sarjapur.

On Tuesday, August 30th, Dr Govind was ready to perform laparoscopic gallbladder surgery on a middle-aged woman suffering from a gallbladder illness for a prolonged period of time. Delay in the surgery would have caused intense pain in the abdomen. Dr Govind’s team, which was ready to induce anesthesia on the patient, got into the act as soon as he reached the operation theatre. Without any delay, the doctor scrubbed and got into surgical attire to perform the surgery.

The patient was discharged at the scheduled time and is doing well.