What gift could be better than the gift of life? On the eve of Raksha Bandhan when the festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ — which celebrates the bonding between brothers and sisters — was celebrated across the country, a 37-year-old sister gave a unique gift to her younger brother suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) by donating her kidney, which was then successfully transplanted by doctors at Fortis Hospital, Mohali.
Rita Devi, 37, decided to save the life of her younger brother Surender, 35, after doctors advised transplantation to help him recover from CKD.
The operation was successfully conducted by Dr Priyadarshi Ranjan, Consultant, Urology and Transplant Surgery at Fortis Hospital, Mohali.
“This case was a text book case of pre-emptive kidney transplant wherein the transplant is done before the start of dialysis. Given the urgency, the donor’s sister decided to donate her kidney for his transplant. It took around fifteen days to complete all the legal requirements for a transplant and here we are today, with a healthy patient who has nothing but blessings for his sister on this joyous occasion,” said Dr Ranjan after successfully conducting the kidney transplantation.
Surender is now recovering at the hospital, which is at the forefront of creating awareness about the need and importance of cadaveric organ donation.
To celebrate this beautiful moment, the staff at Fortis Hospital in Mohali organised a ‘Raksha Bandhan’ ceremony for the brother and sister. With a big smile and moist eyes, an emotional Rita Devi said, “Raksha Bandhan is an occasion that is very close to my heart. I am happy that I could share a gift with my brother that he can value for life.”
“My sister has been a pillar of strength for me throughout my life. Today, on this auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, she is gifting me a new life with her donated kidney. I’m beyond words upon knowing that she is saving my life,” said an equally emotional Surender.