When did Noor's parents contact you first?
About a year-and-a-half ago. They were referred to me by their cardiologist in Lahore.
She isn't the first Pakistani patient?
I haven't counted. I may have treated about 50 to 60 kids from there.
You seem to be their favourite doc.
Some years ago, I treated an infant from Pakistan. Since then, parents have sought me out.
When you left AIIMS, did you think they'd follow you to Bangalore too?
I was surprised. They've kept in touch via e-mail.
Do Pakistani parents come to India because of a shortage in medical infrastructure?
They too have world-class cardiologists. But from a business point of view, paediatric cardiac surgery is extremely expensive.
Is it a problem typical of South Asian kids?
No. The low doctor-patient ratio is the problem. We have more babies than doctors who can treat complicated heart disorders.
Are you also involved in the post-operative treatment of your patients from Pakistan?
Not really, unless there is a...