They gave their kin a gift of life
SAS NAGAR: Eyes flooding with tears and a quite smile on the face spoke louder than words at the felicitation ceremony of persons who had donated their kidneys to ensure that their loved one live a decent life.
The “quite heroes” which included a mother, a father and a sister-in-law, had their own reasons to donate kidney but one thing was common among them was love for their loved ones.
“Donating a kidney to save my nine-year-old son was like giving birth again. The feeling is even more wonderful than what I had experienced when he was born…I could have not left him to die and would have done anything to make sure he lives,” shared Balwinder Kaur, a 45-years-old housewife, who donated her kidney to her son Paramveer.
Amarjeet Singh, a 51-year-old ex-army man from Chamkaur Sahib who donated his kidney to save his 21-year-old son Maninderpal Singh said, “People keep telling me how brave and heroic I was to go through with the surgery, but I don’t see it that way. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to do something that could help someone I love.”
Dhani Devi, 58, who donated her kidney to her bhabhi (sister-in-law) Bahuti Devi, said, “Not everyone is able to have a living donor, and there are so many people waiting for organs that thousands die before they become available. It is a wonderful feeling to know that because of my gift Bahuti has a new life.”
Advising everyone to donate organs, Tilak Raj, 59, retired from the Air Force, who donated his kidney to save his 32-yearold daughter Rita from Kaithal said, “By signing a donor card, you can help somebody live a better life.”
These were among the 11 organ donors felicitated at a Fortis Sarthak meet held at Fortis Hospital, SAS Nagar on Tuesday.
The chief guest, on the occasion was health minister Madan Mohan Mittal who felicitated the heroes and commended their brave and compassionate act of donating their organs to those in need.
Mittal said, “More people need to come forward so that precious human lives can be saved.”
A book: ‘Saying Yes to Kidney Transplant’ written by Dr Priyadarshi Ranjan, urologist and kidney transplant surgeon, Fortis Hospital, SAS Nagar was also released on the occasion.
According to Dr Priyadarshi Ranjan, “Each day, an average of 75 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 20 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of shortage of donated organs. Kidneys from living donors have become an increasingly important resource in treating end-stage kidney disease.”
A ramp show was held in which the heroes and doctors sashayed down the ramp that was enjoyed by the audience.