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In Appreciation of Dr. Neilhaan Samaranayake

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Early last Saturday news starting circulating that Dr. Neilhaan Samaranayake had passed away. Of course it shocked most of us, even most of us who knew he had been sick. Dr. Neilhaan Samaranayake was my personal gynae, I have known Dr. Neilhaan for almost 9+ years and I know that along with me there are many ladies & their families out there that feel his loss immensely.

He was such a bright soul. For those of us who have been his patients, through the many years we have gone to him, he was not just a doctor but also a friend. A friend who knew our stories, who calmed our worst fears, chuckled and made light a serious situation and took care of our health and brought into this world safely our babies.

To many of us, we will not be able to recall the birth of our children or look at the video or a photograph of their brith without remembering Dr. Neilhaan. He is forever bound in the story of our lives.

As I see facebook statuses updated to thank him, pics of him and the babies he had delivered being updated and in some instances personal profile pictures changed to Dr. Neilhaan’s picture I realise that a lot people around want to personally thank this one beautiful soul who has meant alot to their families.

We will miss you Dr. Neilhaan, your jokes, your indidual way of taking care of your patients which we have gotten used to and so attached to and most importantly we will miss seeing you around.

As we say goodbye to Dr. Neilhaan, we would like to express our sincere condolences to Dr. Neilhaan Samaranayake’s family. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

No Night Without, by Helen Steiner Rice 

There is no night without a dawning
No winter without a spring
And beyond the dark horizon
Our hearts will once more sing…
For those who leave us for a while
Have only gone away
Out of a restless, care worn world
Into a brighter day.

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