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Emergency in the cowshed

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 13 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4271
  1. Shirin Venkat, Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, India
  1. dev.venkatramani{at}

It is said that prarabdha (that part of your karma that cannot be altered) follows you wherever you go. Being an obstetrician, I tried to escape from my hectic medical practice to my guru’s ashram, the Swami Rama Sadhak Grama in Rishikesh. But guess what? The mother of all mothers, a beloved cow named Kapila, was in trouble. She had delivered a female calf and had pushed the uterus out too.

I had never seen anything like this. A 20 kg mass that looked like a watermelon turned inside out lay beside her …

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