Doctor who survived COVID takes on challenge for Hospice who helps his patients

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Published on: Thursday 08 Apr 2021 at 09:45

Dr Ghosh ‘braves the shave’ and runs St Clare 10k race

A consultant from Princess Alexandra Hospice, Dr Deb Ghosh, is fundraising for the local Hospice who supports his palliative care patients, and to mark the 1 year anniversary of his own journey of fighting Covid-19.

Dr Deb Ghosh (53 years from Takeley) has been a consultant in gastroenterology at Princess Alexandra Hospital for 10 years and has seen first-hand the outstanding care that St Clare Hospice provides to his patients who are suffering from terminal liver disease.

Dr Ghosh wanted to do something memorable, and to give back to others, to mark the first anniversary of the day his COVID fever began, on 26th March 2020. He decided to shave his head to raise funds for St Clare Hospice and the British Liver Trust, and has also committed to run the St Clare 10k event on Sunday 11th April 2021. So far he has raised over £400 for the two charities.

Dr Deb Ghosh before his head shave challenge

Dr Ghosh said: ““Working as a consultant in gastroenterology at Princess Alexandra Hospital, I have cared for many patients who have had terminal liver disease and have needed the support of St Clare Hospice. I know they provide outstanding care to our palliative liver patients, and I want to repay the support they give by fundraising for them.”

Dr Ghosh’s challenge is also motivated by his experiencing of surviving COVID, which he suffered from in March and April 2020, and he wanted to mark the 1 year anniversary by making a fresh start:

“The day I chose to shave my head marked the 1 year anniversary of the day that my COVID fever first started. I was admitted to hospital on 2nd April 2020 with severe COVID pneumonia and low oxygen levels. I honestly thought that I might not make it out alive from the hospital, I really was facing death. It felt like the first day of my new life when I came home on 11th April, having recovered from COVID. It is meaningful that the St Clare 10k run is also on 11th April, the anniversary of me surviving COVID.”

Dr Ghosh said: “Having COVID has changed my life, like nothing else. Shaving my head also represents starting my life again, a year after COVID changed it forever. This is my life version 2.0. There is a famous Chinese proverb which says – ‘we have two lives, and the second begins when we realise we only have one.’ This feels so very true to me now, having being faced with almost dying myself. ”

“My experience of surviving COVID has really made me appreciate my life, and how lucky I am to be alive. I want to raise funds for St Clare Hospice because they help to make every moment count for people at the end of their lives.”

Sponsor Dr Deb

You can donate to Dr Deb Ghosh’s fundraiser here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DGhosh

The St Clare 10k run is taking place on Sunday 11th April but is now fully booked. See what other challenges and runs you could take part in with Team St Clare on our website here.

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