Bengaluru: This Doctor Leaves Car, Runs 3 Km To Beat Traffic To Perform Critical Surgery

A Doctor from Bengaluru, who was getting late for his surgery because of the Bengaluru traffic, decided to leave his car, and run the rest of the distance to the hospital. The story is truly inspiring.

Inspiring story

Bengaluru is popularly known for its traffic woes, where it takes incredibly long to cover short distances. But this doctor, who is stuck in traffic, takes an extraordinary decision to save the life of his patient is proving to be an inspirational story.


Dr. Govind Nandakumar, a gastroenterology surgeon at Manipal Hospitals, was on his way to execute an emergency laparoscopic gallbladder surgery on August 30 when he got stuck in a traffic jam on the Sarjapur-Marathalli stretch.

Traffic woes

Realizing that a delay could put the female patient in trouble, Dr. Nandakumar left his car and ran for three kilometers to perform the critical surgery.

“I commute every day from central Bengaluru to Manipal Hospitals, Sarjapur, which is in the Southeast of Bengaluru. I left home well in time for the surgery. My team was all set and prepared to conduct the surgery as soon as I would reach the hospital. Looking at the immense traffic, I decided to leave the car with the driver and ran towards the hospital without thinking twice,” he told The New Indian Express.


Dr. Nandakumar’s team, which was ready to induce anesthesia on the patient, got into the act as soon as he reached the operation theatre. Without any delay, the doctor changed into surgical attire to perform the procedure.

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Thankfully, the surgery was successful, and the patient was discharged on time. Dr. Nandkumar works as a Consultant – Gastroenterology at Manipal Hospitals. The patient required surgery as she had been suffering from a gallbladder illness for a long period of time.

Days ago heavy rain and flooding caused traffic jams in the IT city. Many videos emerged on social media that displayed vehicles abandoned on a long waterlogged stretch on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway, and pedestrians struggling to walk. In some areas, stranded citizens were evacuated with the help of boats and tractors.