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|When Survivor Becomes Saviour|
When Satish Sahni was diagnosed with throat cancer, he and his family members were devastated. His factory had to be closed down, and his children, who were in class 10 and 12, had to strike a balance between studies and family responsibilities.
But the learning he received from his condition helped him lessen others' suffering. He started offering free lessons of the art that gave him his voice back.
Twelve years ago, Sahni faced problems in speaking. Despite repeated medication, he kept losing his voice. Eventually, it was found to be throat cancer. He owned a factory that manufactured bathroom fittings. It had to be shut down.
After his operation in 2000, he lost his voice. He was suggested to go to Japan for speech therapy. As it was an expensive country, he went to Thailand for a month. After extensive practice at home, in a matter of 2 years, he recovered his voice to a great extent. It was like learning as a child again.
"I started with some voices and then with small letters and words. Then I started calling my children, trying to increase my pitch," said Sahni.
His recovery surprised even the doctors who treated him. Now he helps others in bringing their voice back.
In 2006, he started sitting at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research, Delhi, five days a week for three hours to give speech therapy to needy patients.
"My contact is also available with doctors in Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Safdarjung Hospital. I help their patients for free in evening at my house." said Sahni.
Some of his patients have shown drastic improvement. "A patient of mine, who stays in south Delhi, can speak much better than I can. That's a success," he said.