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Reached the UPSC interview and was surrounded by Kovid; But I got such an opportunity that ..

After winning a four-month, life-threatening battle against Kovid-19 infection, Mumbai’s Devanand Telkote is ready to appear for the civil service exam interview. After passing the prelim and mains exams, he contracted Kovid 19 and lost all hope of appearing for the interview round or personality test. The infection had damaged 80 percent of his lungs. But still he got an opportunity that became the thing of his study till date.

The UPSC has agreed to conduct a special interview for him, giving him the opportunity to re-interview and take a personality test. .

Devanand, 26, was discharged from the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Hyderabad on Wednesday after months of fighting and complications with Kovid. He will be present for the interview. Tried but failed in the interview round. Devanand then went to Delhi for coaching to pursue his dream where he contracted corona and his health deteriorated.
Within a few months, his family members took him to Delhi and Mumbai for treatment. On the advice of a doctor, his heart and lungs failed 80 per cent and his family took him to Hyderabad. On May 15, he was admitted to the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences – KIMS, Hyderabad, and was rescued by a team of doctors led by Dr. Bhaskar Rao.

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The family received help from Rachakonda CP Mahesh Bhagwat of Hyderabad who arranged a bed at KIMS Hospital. He enlisted the help of some IPS officers and provided some financial assistance to Devanand for his treatment. Some friends who took coaching for civil services also came to support Devanand. The CP raised Rs one crore with the help of IPS officers who were raising funds from some donors. The hospital management waived Rs 20 lakh for his treatment. A team of heart and lung specialist Dr. Sandeep Athavar made continuous efforts to cure him through treatment and healthcare. The team provided ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) support to Devanand at the hospital for more than three months.

After recovering, he had to deal with post-cod complications, which affected his muscles. The doctor successfully gave physiotherapy treatment to solve this problem and Devanand recovered. He was discharged from KIMS on Wednesday. The young man, who fought for four months after contracting Kovid, has now recovered. Fortunately, the UPSC agreed to conduct an exclusive interview with Devanand Telkote. He postponed the date of the interview till September 22. Devanand has already passed the preliminary examination as well as the main examination.

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