- December 22, 2023
- Posted by: Viva Team
- Category: Uncategorized
Dr Fred Koske departed for India on the evening of April Fool’s Day and arrived the following morning on Saturday, 2nd April, 2022. He was accompanied by Diana Edward, Miss Talent Global and nurse, Lydia Biwott. His travel to India was facilitated by Viva Serenity, a medical tourism company which had helped mobilize well-wishers to raise funds for Dr Koske’s specialised treatment abroad.
“When I arrived in Mumbai, India, my first contact was with the immigration at the airport, which was a bit taxing. However, thereafter, it was a relief as we were picked from the airport and driven to the hospital which was about one and a half hours away where we were received well,” recalls Dr Koske. The admission process was seamless; It was perfect. I was taken to my room where the necessary procedures and tests were carried out expeditiously, explains Dr Koske.
On the 5th April, 2022, Dr Koske underwent stem cell therapy, which was performed by a leading Indian neurosurgeon. “Thereafter I started neuro-rehabilitative treatment, which has been ongoing. This extended for two weeks while still in hospital before I was discharged on the 16th April, 2022,” explains Dr Koske.
Viva Serenity helped to settle Dr Koske in an apartment near the hospital to enable him carry on with rehabilitation as an out-patient. “After my discharge, I started attending vigorous therapy sessions at the hospital usually lasting even up to six hours a day,” he says. Initially, Dr Koske had planned for a 6-week stay but ended staying for three months.
The therapy is intense but the intensity is productive, he says. “With the kind of outcome, I’ve seen the last three weeks, there is every possibility to extend beyond the six weeks.” Dr Koske says he had a one-on-one conversation with the neurosurgeon before he was discharged from the hospital. “We shared an experience where he narrated to me about a military officer who had been admitted at the hospital for an entire six months. The neurosurgeon explained that his general rule is called the ‘6 Rule’, which means therapy sessions for 6 hours a day, 6 days a week for 6 months. That’s the only way a patient can achieve the absolute maximum benefit from stem cell therapy and neuro-rehabilitation,” narrates Dr Koske.
“I’m happy with the progress and day by day we do different activities to help regenerate functions that were previously dead,” he says. Dr Koske says that he enjoyed his stay in India. “Generally, staying in Mumbai is fairly easy going. The one thing though is that the temperatures are extremely high. Today, for instance we had highs of 42 degrees Celsius during the day, he says.
“All in all, the stay has been generally friendly. Aside from language barrier, the people here are very welcoming and friendly. And whenever you need any help, they are there for you.”
Dr Koske is grateful for all those that contributed towards making his travel to India a success. “For those that have supported me so far, I can only express my deepest gratitude from my heart,” he says. Dr Koske says he was relying on well-wishers to help him push the agenda of staying beyond 6 weeks further. Despite financial challenges, Dr Koske was in high spirits and said things were looking up.
Dr Koske travelled back to Kenya on arrived on the morning of 29th June, 2022 to a warm reception at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. He was received by Miss University Kenya 2021 Linet Kinya, and a nurse from Housepital, a brand under Precise Healthcare. Dr Koske will continue with rehabilitation with the help of doctors from Viva Serenity.