Surfing can bring joy when there is an inspirational story to perk up my days. It can also be upsetting to come across unexpected news of someone who had a hand in treating me a long time ago. I surfed into the homepage of the Neurosurgical Association of Malaysia from Malaysian Medical Resources. Going through some of the pages there, I came upon this page paying tribute to Dato’ (Dr) Nadason Arumugasamy. I was truly shocked to learn that Dato’ Aru had passed away in 2003.
After my accident, Dad went to consult Dr. Shanti, our family physician, regarding my condition. She recommended Dato’ Aru of the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital Neurosurgery Department. He was the first neurosurgeon who treated me and prescribed skull traction to stabilise my fractured vertebras. Till today, I have two small hairless patches on my scalp where the screws went in, the handiwork of Dato’ Aru.
I was under his care for only a few weeks. He went on leave after that and my case was passed on to Dr. Kazem Djavadkhani who was attached to the UKM at that time. I remember Dato’ Aru for his jovial demeanour. There was always a smile on his face and he only had soothing words to say when he made his rounds in the ward. As I read that glowing tribute to him, I was amazed by his accomplishments. This pioneer neurosurgeon has left a legacy that had elevated the field of neurosurgery in Malaysia to great heights. May his soul rest in peace.