Dr Muhammad Ummer
11 months ago
My name is Dr Muhammad Ummer. Madinat ul Hikmah - Hamdard University is my Alma Mater and Karachi is my love, of course. Working as a medical resident with MoH Baha Region, KSA - my weight had increased to 148kgs due to my laziness and overeating habits esp Mandi (traditional dish) and Pizza. Since Baha is at an higher altitude , I developed secondary polycythemia and reactive tachycardia and hypertension. When I left the job there and returned Pakistan to join my family business and venture on to entrepreneurship, I put myself on a strict diet plan and exercise. With the help of my family's motivation , I lost around 25.5kgs. But by this time , I had realised that I have reached a kind of plateau phase and can't reduce weight any further without a proper surgical intervention. I tried searching for the available options in Lahore and other cities and consulted my colleagues. Frankly most of the so called big names available, I contacted personally , none of them was ready to explain anything to me and cater to my anxiety despite the fact I properly introduced myself that I am their professional colleague as well. The first time I talked to Dr Ghulam Murtaza, I knew he is the one to whom I can put my entire trust on. And Alhamdulillah, it turned out be Bull's eye. From the day one till the operation day and afterwards , he always explained everything with a sweet smile to me. And to add on to his credit, he arranged all the detailed pre op tests for me at such a nominal price that I know being a doctor would cost more than total fee of many so-called a-list doctors which many bariatric surgeons avoid in routine to save money and earn more. Due to Dr Ghulam Murtaza's vigilance, Upper GI found a unifocal growth in my stomach (which I again reiterate , would have been ignored by many surgeons). So technically , my lap sleeve gastrectomy turned out to be a metabolic surgery cum 0.9cm stomach tumour resection which later turned out to be GIST on biopsy. This nobleman removed my right axillary lymph node along with it and didn't even charge me a single penny for them rather paid my biopsy reporting charges from his own pocket. He provided me detailed me diet plans for first 2weeks, 3-4 weeks and further respectively. I was given proper prophylaxis for DVT , PE , etc. All his DOSTI team members from ward boy to nursing care, anaesthetist, OTAs, etc are your real time DOSTs. Since leaving Karachi, he is just a Whatsapp message away always answering my irritating questions with his signature smile. I was able to arrange stay for my family at a very reasonable rate in a very good guest house in posh area of Karachi due to his links.
This one decision to undergo Bariatric/Metabolic surgery by Dr Ghulam Murtaza has saved my from DM, HTN (which has already begun to settle down), Fatty liver, Dyslipidemias, and cancers. In my case esp from unifocal GIST which would have been lethal in a few years. I didn't even even develop a single complication of this major surgery due to his proactive approach.
God helps those who help themselves. Miracles do happen but we need to put in our effort too. God deploys men like dr Ghulam Murtaza to lessen your hardships. It's not all about the money but the originality of the man. DOSTI made sure that I receive a-grade trade of all drugs which most a-list hospitals don't do. Being a health care professional myself, I know the fee they charged me is nothing as compared to what kind of services he has provided me.
ہیں لوگ وہی جہاں میں اچھے
آتے ہیں جو کام دوسروں کے
My best wishes and regards are for DOSTI team esp for Dr Ghulam Murtaza and his family!
Dr Muhammad Ummer