Ethics: The Guiding Star

PMI Pearl City, Hyderabad Chapter

Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP is a physician and currently an independent healthcare IT and project management consultant. She has a postgraduate degree in Pediatrics and Neonatology from the University of Health Sciences, India. Deepa is an advocate of using project management in healthcare and related domains. She has worked extensively in the confluence of clinical medicine, IT and project management domains with hands-on experience in managing projects from conception to closure.

Mohit lay still on the bed, his mother holding on to the life in his still body, hoping (?) that he would, in his usual babble, utter a word that beckoned her. Her gaze was riveted on Mohit, and my gaze was riveted on her, as it seemed only yesterday that she had brought Mohit as an infant to my clinic.

"How is my baby, doctor?” she asked, keenly observing my expressions as my eyes scanned Mohit's reports.

I looked up and said, “Well, I first have some questions for you and your family. Can we schedule some time to go over the details?” I had evaded the answer.

“Oh, is there any problem in my baby? He is slow but smiles and plays!” She seemed persistent to get my assurance.

“Let’s plan to talk about this during our conversation. I will be able to give you a better picture then.” With that, I tapped the bell to signal the next patient in my cabin

Mohit was the first child of the couple. Mohit’s mother had been unwell for the most part of her pregnancy and had an unusually difficult delivery, too. At birth, Mohit was diagnosed with a case of severe cerebral palsy with mental disability (damage to the developing brain causing impairment of movement and below-average intellectual abilities). This was going to be difficult for the parents to accept.

Mohit’s parents and his family were prompt in …

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