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It was almost midnight when my phone started buzzing. I picked it up instantly from my bedside table out of sheer habit and squinted at the screen. Someone had sent a message on the BRD Medical College’s AES WhatsApp group. It delivered such a jolt that I was fully awake in a second. The sender was Dr Satish Choubey, a senior resident at the Nehru hospital. “There is no oxygen supply in NICU,” his message read. “Cylinders out of stock.”
My wife, disturbed by the sound of my movements, asked in a sleepy whisper, “Where are you going at this hour?”
“I have to go, my love – it’s important.” I got dressed as fast as I could.
“Work, work and work. You think only of your hospital and the patients. Do remember that your own daughter is growing up. Try to spend some time with her!”
I did not want to argue with my wife or remind…