Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
: 2020  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 709-

Quadriparesis: An Ode to Defiance

Divyani Garg 
 Department of Neurology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India

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Divyani Garg
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi - 110 001

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Garg D. Quadriparesis: An Ode to Defiance.Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2020;23:709-709

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13-year-old male,

‘Naman’- His palindromic name

Which means ‘greeting’.

Bright-eyed, disheveled hair,

And 32 days

On the ventilator.

Head-end up, tracheostomy in situ,

One index finger stuffed,

Into the oximeter’s cocoon,

Which he still cannot not raise.

He looks at me, very curious

As I test his tone, his power, the absence of his reflexes,

As I scan his ECG traces

His errant autonomic system,

A jagged symphony of peaks and valleys.

Any moment he will sink yet again

Into an autonomic abyss,

And we will frantically deal

With the profound silence

Of his asystole.

Didi, can I have Frooti? He mouths today

I have been trying to lip-read his slack weak face

For ten minutes now

And I have to hide my smile.

That vivid orange syrup

Slides down his nasogastric tube,

Contrasting with his usual pale milky feeds.

He is ebullient, joyous at the sight,

And today we manage to soothe his craving body


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