They gave their kin a gift of life

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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.

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