Organ donors named ‘quiet heroes’, felicitated
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11 organ donors were felicitated at the Sarthak Meet held at Fortis Hospital, Mohali on Tuesday. The chief guest, Madan Mohan Mittal, Health Minister, Punjab felicitated the 'Quiet Heroes' and commended their brave and compassionate act of donating their organs to those in need. "More people need to come forward and follow the excellent example set by these bravehearts so that precious human lives can be saved," he stated.
A book 'Saying Yes to Kidney Transplant' written by Dr Priyadarshi Ranjan, Urologist and Kidney Transplant Surgeon, at the hospital was also released on the occasion.
Balwinder Kaur, a 45-year-old housewife, who had donated her kidney to her nine-year-old son, Paramveer, said, "Donating a kidney to my son was like giving birth again."
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 the surgery, but I am so glad that I had the opportunity to do something that could help someone I love."
Dhani Devi, a 58-year-old who donated her kidney to her 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. I am fortunate because I can see the result of my donation every day. It's a wonderful feeling to know that because of my gift Bahuti Devi has a new life."
Advising everyone to donate organs, Tilak Raj, a 59-year-old father retired from the Air Force, who had donated his kidney to save his 32-year-old daughter Rita from Kaithal said, "By signing a donor card, you can help somebody live a better life!" A ramp show was held in which the quiet heroes and doctors sashayed down the ramp.