T.L.Sathish : The longest Living Dialysis Patient

Fighting for life is the only way to beat death. This holds true for T.L.Sathish, a 51 year old farmer from Chikamagaluru, who has been on dialysis since last 25 years. He is one of the longest surviving kidney patients in the state. An average lifespan of a kidney patients undergoing dialysis is around 5 to 10 years.


That’s a great accomplishment but that’s not the only reason why he is so looked up to. Story of this gentleman, teaches us how to live a productive and a meaningful life even in adverse situations. Sathish like any cynic could have left his life on fate and conveniently reeled in self-pity. But he knew he had a life to live and he can’t afford to wait to die. So he became a motivator for other patients fighting a similar battle.

T.L.Sathish, lost both his parents in his early 20’s and he got his first dialysis at the age of 25.

He decided to make St. John hospital his home since it was tiresome and costed a lot money to travel from Chikmaguluru to the hospital. Seeing his work, the positive impact he had on other dialysis patients, administration provided him with a bed at a nominal sum of Rs. 50 per day and canteen food at subsidized rates.

Sathish didn’t let his illness stop him. He is an office bearer of the Bengaluru Hemodialysis Association. He conducts counselling, motivational speeches, yoga classes and offers financial aid to poor patients. He never believed he would survive this long so this has calmed down the fears he had related to death. He is at peace and he tries to provide the same to the patients who visit the hospital for dialysis.


According to Dr. S. Renuka, HOD, Nephrology Department at St. John’s hospital, Sathish has a will to live, he always turns up for his dialysis on time. He undergoes this procedure thrice a week. On Saturday, St John’s Hospital felicitated him for completing 25 years on dialysis.

 He tends to spread this positive energy to new patients and their families. He is often called to counsel new patients requiring dialysis. Sathish knows how difficult it is for patients and their families to undergo dialysis, since it is pretty expensive. Most of the families give-up because not many survive for too long. There have been cases of patients committing suicide for not being able to afford this procedure. Sathish with the help of his association tries to mobilize funds to ease the burden off the patient and his family.

Let me end this with a beautiful saying “It’s not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” – Marcus Aurelius.

Picture Source : Times of India ; Practo




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