By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 18th August:-To mark Raksha Bandhan and World Organ Donation Day, IVY Hospital, Mohali has felicitated 4 sisters who have given ultimate gift in form of their kidneys to save lives of their beloved brothers at Press Club here today. During occasion, a brother was also honored for giving his kidney to his sister.
Rita (name changed) a 36-yr old school teacher from Panchkula and youngest among those felicitated said that she felt nothing less than a divine happiness after donating her kidney to her brother who is 10-yr younger to her. Rita’s brother had developed kidney problem at the tender age of 15-yr. Rita’s kidney was transplanted to his brother 7-yr back on same date of today. Now his brother is living a normal life. Not only my parents but my in-laws including my husband fully supported me in my decision to donate my kidney to my brothers , said proudly Rita a mother of 2 children.
Meanwhile Dr Kanwaldeep, Medical Director, IVY Hospital gave momentos to these brave donors. While lauding their efforts, she urged upon them to motivate others around them for the noble cause as they could lead others by their examples.
Dr Raka Kasuhal, Chief Nephrologist and Renal Transplant Physician said that nothing can be more pious than donating ones vital organ and save your siblings life. This requires a lot of commitment from oneself and unfretted support from the family . With the modern medical advances the kidney donation is absolutely safe.
Dr Avinash Srivastava, Director Renal Transplant Surgery said that around 1.5-lakh Indians suffer from kidney failure every year. However, only 5,000 get a transplant due to lack of available organs. While Spain has 35.1 organ donors per million, Britain 27, USA 26, Canada 14, and Australia 11, India has only 0.08 donors per million. All efforts should be made to sensitize the society towards this noble act.