Dr Adelia da Costa: A Guardian Angel

By Dr Oscar Rebelo
27 August 2018 12:38 IST

My God!!! What a life, what a life, what a simply remarkable life!!!

Dr Adelia da Costa, Goa’s legendary neurologist/psychiatrist turns 90, on 27th August.

She was the Pioneer of Goa’s Neuro psychiatry sciences and easily it's brightest star over the decades, in her chosen field.

Along with the early dozens of the medical field, like Dr Datta Gaitonde, Dr Wilfred D'Souza, Dr G K Salelkar, Dr Bento Egipsy, Dr Proemca, she laid the building blocks of the medical services, rendered to Goa, post her liberation.

Almost all my Neuro psychiatry friends confirm this one indisputable fact to me: Every single patient suffering from mental illness in Goa, has consulted Dr Adelia at least once in their lifetime.

She had knowledge but she had wisdom more... She had medical drugs but she counselled more, she talked but she listened more.

And besides that winning, disarming smile she had that one enormous quality that made her a stand out doc and an amazing human being.

PATIENCE!!! Tons of it... an inexhaustible supply that came from the goodness of her heart.
I will forever remain indebted to her.

During my medical school days I used to plunge into depths of depression and self doubt, seriously wanting to chuck it all.

Dr Adelia was there like a Guardian Angel to the rescue.

Consoling, cajoling, comprehending, even reprimanding... always reassuring and never ever judging.

An outstanding Goan she was... a shining beacon for all of us to emulate.

And why so???

Because she blazed a path!!!

Because she gave her services with that exemplary patience and smile to all... ALL... rich, poor, farmer or businessman, citizen or politician.

Because she loved, absolutely loved her extraordinary family.

Because she taught her juniors and learned from them in equal measure.

Because she did her job as diligently, as convincingly and as efficiently as only a true Goan can.

And because she understood our mind needed as much, if not more care than our bodies.

Un grande abraco to an extraordinary lady who has had an extra ordinary life, simply lived.

Love you always Dr Adelia!

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Dr Oscar Rebelo

Dr Oscar Rebelo is one of the leading social activist of Goa and a practicing doctor. He led the historic peoples’ movement in 2006-07 to get the anti-Goa Regional Plan scrapped and save Goa from total destruction of Goa’s ecology and natural beauty. He is a Goa-based leader of Aam Aadmi Party. He is also a columnist.

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