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She was hardly afraid of him. She had rooted around in his pocket with her trunk tip, found a strip of chewing gum and ate it together with the paper, purring like a giant cat !

"Ellie is a different but special patient," said Dr Akash, finally giving in after Arjun had convinced him to keep her. Arjun, Dr Akash's assistant, fell in love with her when he towed her back to his house in the forest.

"Praaa..., praaa..." went her trunk every time she exhaled. Dr Akash suspected she might have a foreign object --  a piece of wood of stone -- lodged up there. He decided to take her home, to see if her air passage would clear up in a few days. Sooner than expected, Arjun popped his head into the open window. "Ellie is bleeding ! It's trickling down the left side of her trunk !" he gasped.

Dr Akash rushed over, his mind racing faster than his legs. An ulcer ? A tumor ? Something had to be done ! Drops of scarlet fell from her trunk tip. "Don't give her any food today ! No water after the evening !" Dr Akash instructed Arjun.

Back in his office, he called s surgeon friend of his, requesting to borrow a flexible endoscope. The tube, which carried its own light source, was ideal for peering into Ellie's long trunk. His friend, hearing of Ellie's plight, readily agreed and had his driver send it over.

The next morning, Dr Akash injected Ellie with anesthetic. She slowly sank to her knees, unconscious, her nose still blaring when she exhaled. He lubricated the endoscope and gently introduced it into her left nostril. "Feed the tube slowly into the trunk. Stop if you feel any resistance," he cautioned Arjun. Dr Akash looked into the eyepiece and manipulated the controls, directing, "Forward, forward, slowly."

The pink tunnel streaked with mucus and blood stretched into darkness. "Stop !" Dr Akash said as a glistening pink boulder came into view. It rolled forward, then halted when Ellie breathed out. Her breaths, squeezing past it, had created the vibration they had heard.

"The 55-centimeter growth is about a meter up her trunk," Dr Akash remarked as he pulled the instrument out, almost certain that it was benign.

"How are you going to get it out ?" asked Arjun, distraught.

"Don't worry. I'll think of something. She's going to be alright," Dr Akash comforted him. "How on earth am I going to clear your trunk, Ellie ?" he blasted in his mind. An elephant's trunk is a remarkable structure, containing some 40,000 muscles and a complex network of blood vessels and nerves. What if his incision damaged her nerves ? With a paralyzed trunk, Ellie could no longer deliver food or water to her mouth. He had to operate on her but how ? He did not know of anyone who had done this before. Dr Akash paused as he gazed out into the wilderness that surrounded the country house.

Arjun sat up straight, mouth agape. The thought of Ellie's bleak future clouded his eyes.

     
  1. What does the phrase 'finally giving in' (paragraph 2) suggest about Dr Akash's initial response towards Ellie ?
       
    (A) He fell in love with her.
    (B) He was not afraid of her.
    (C) He did not want to keep Ellie at first.
    (D) he realized that something was wrong with her.
       
  2. What made Dr Akash suspect that something was lodged in Ellie's trunk ?
       
    (A) The shape of her trunk
    (B) The length of her trunk
    (C) The sound of her breathing
    (D) The sound of her trumpeting
       
  3. What does the phrase 'sooner than expected (paragraph 3) suggest about Ellie's condition ?
       
    (A) It was just as Dr Akash had thought.
    (B) It was not as critical as Dr Akash had predicted.
    (C) It was more serious than Dr Akash had thought.
    (D) It was something which Dr Akash had not encountered before.
       
  4. When Dr Akash 'gazed out into the wilderness' (paragraph 10), he was feeling ______.
       
    (A) relaxed
    (B) confused
    (C) comforted
    (D) moody
       
  5. Arjun's mouth was 'agape' (last paragraph) because ______.
       
    (A) Dr Akash had comforted him
    (B) Ellie's condition did not look promising
    (C) Dr Akash was unsure about Ellie's condition
    (D) he was thinking that Ellie would recover soon
       
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  Answers : 1C   2C   3C   4B   5B
 
 
 
 

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