Ever since her husband was diagnosed with a kidney ailment, life had not been easy for Rajni (name changed). With repeated dialysis getting riskier for her husband, Rajni had been waiting for almost five years to find a kidney donor with a compatible blood group. On August 4, her prayers were finally answered when the family of brain-dead Kashmira Singh decided to donate his organs.
“Kashmira Singh is God for me. From now on, I will worship him along with Lord Ganesha,” a visibly emotional Rajni told Chandigarh Newsline. “My husband is a heart patient and a diabetic too. Due to high doses of medicines, his kidney became weak. The only solution before us was a kidney transplant, as every dialysis was risky for him.”
Rajni is not the only one feeling this way. “My sister was very healthy but after she developed an infection in her kidneys, it has become difficult to even recognise her,” said Rajesh Singh (name changed), the brother of 35-year-old Rakhi (name changed) who received Kashmira Singh’s second kidney. “She had been to various places like Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and other states for her treatment. But at last my brother-in-law brought her to PGI. It was here, after years of wait, that she got her transplant done. I never knew how important the organs of a brain-dead person can be. It is now that I am realising the importance of organ donation.”
August 4, the day when five surgeries transplanted Kashmira Singh’s five organs into five people, was also the day PGIMER conducted its first-ever heart transplant surgery. “My husband had been under treatment at Advanced Cardiac Centre of PGI for the last four years. As per doctors, the only solution was heart transplant,” said the wife (name withheld) of the Ambala-based patient who received Kashmira Singh’s heart.
“His condition became critical and he remained in PGI for 15 days. We waited for a donor but could not find one. On August 3, doctors asked us to go back home and wait for a donor. I was shattered as the last hope of saving my husband was diminishing. I