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COMPASSION – THE FOUNDATION OF HUMANITY

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Swati Krishna, a 16 year old, who underwent a liver transplant, facilitated by her aunt and aided by the contributions and prayers of thousands, has now come to symbolize faith and hope in our hearts. One miracle followed the other, as the story slowly unraveled. Swati’s liver was badly damaged by Jaundice. She needed a transplant in emergency. Her mother wished to donate. But, her health would not permit it. Her aunt Reiny stepped in, agreeing to donate a part of her own liver. But then, the law intervened. The Transplantation of Human Organs Rules stipulate various documents to be furnished before an authorization committee in case the donor is not a ‘near relative’. A ‘near relative’ includes only the spouse, son, daughter, father, mother, brother and sister. Evidently, Reiny was not a ‘near relative’ in the eye of the law. Swati’s parents struggled, but obtained the relevant documents, after much toil. The permission was to be granted by the Authorization Committee at Alappuzha. But, the next sitting of the said Committee was only to be held by the end of the month. Meanwhile, Swati’s situation aggravated and she lapsed into a coma. Only after much media attention, the government intervened and the case was taken up by the Authorization Committee at Kottayam on priority and the permission granted. The stage was thus set for the surgery.

It required huge expenses that a carpenter’s family could ill afford. It was now the turn of the Edakkattuvayal Panchayat and the M.K.M Higher Secondary School, Piravom to play their part. The Panchayat sprung into action. About 1000 people got together, spread into groups and collected about 17 lakhs within 12 hours. Contributions ranged from Fifty rupees to Fifty thousand. It was an amazing, unprecedented, collective effort. The School also made a significant contribution towards the expenses. By giving a part of her own body to her sick niece, Reiny touched chords of our hearts and set a good example. In appreciation, I’ve decided to donate an amount of five lakhs to her.

As Swati slowly recovered, came the heartening news that she had passed her Plus one exams, with distinction. She had conquered fate and her illness and emerged a winner. But, it’s the people who are the real winners. The Edakkattuvayal Panchayat has now embarked on an organ donation campaign and has requested me to be a part of it. It seems, a community has suddenly realized their strength, humaneness and collective potential and decided to pool in their abilities. Glad that the embers didn’t die out; it will glow on.

In hindsight, more than a year has passed since my kidney donation. There is increased awareness of organ donation and even more number of donations. Swati will continue to remind us of what we can do. Such instances restore our faith in humanity, goodness and in collective effort. Whatever be the circumstance, humaneness will ultimately prevail. All we need is compassion and a big heart.

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8 Comments on "COMPASSION – THE FOUNDATION OF HUMANITY"


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Margery s
3 years 11 months ago

I appreciate you taking to time to cnotrbiute That’s very helpful.

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Zacharia Cheeran
3 years 11 months ago

Its real greatness of people around Edakkattuvayal Panchayat and the M.K.M Higher Secondary School, Piravom. Kudos to Ms. Swathi krishna’s aunt & uncle, to donate the part of her liver and for her uncle, willfully allowing spouse to act so. Praise the Almighty and Thank for His kindness.

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Prasanth V.
3 years 11 months ago

I am feeling proud that i could also donate my blood in helping her come back to life. We should all take collective steps to save and serve human kind.

I am proud of you sir, you are role model for many of us.

Kochouseph Chittilappilly
Admin
3 years 11 months ago

Dear Prasanth,

Glad to note that you had also played a part .Congratulations.

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Jossy Varkey
3 years 11 months ago

Dear Sir,
With due respect, I would like to share my humble views on organ transplant. I was really thrilled and inspired by your move to donate your kidney to a needy patient without any expectations. But seeing this media hype and recent development, I am afraid that, the healthcare mafia is playing a big role in organ transplant. In many cases, we are not sure whether it’s ultimate necessary to transplant kidney or any other organ of a patient who is suffering from some disease. It is mere the doctors (Hospital) advise that, the organ should be removed (Female Ovary) or transplanted. I really fear this is being highly misused by major Hospitals now a day. (I would say healthcare conglomerates.) There was a recent international study that, 50% of surgeries performed are unwarranted, and done by doctors /hospital just to make money! In this context, how we can trust these doctors who advise for organ transplant? Whether there would be possibility for Diseases which can be cured by medicine /treatment being referred for organ transplant just because of the monitory benefits of hospitals/ doctors. Because we are seeing now a day major groups are investing very huge amounts for setting up multi specialty hospitals and the investors interest will be making ‘Return on Investment’ at a lesser period and making profits after that. This is applicable (ROI) for all hospitals, including charitable, religious etc. recently I heard that a hospital in Cochin had purchased equipment worth 4 Crore Rupees for keyhole surgery and the target given to doctors is 50 surgeries per week. This is mandatory to touch the breakeven point!! The owner who is a doctor by profession is also a good financial analyst it seems!! The real beneficiaries of organ transplant are doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. They tend to cheat the patients by giving false diagnostics and forcing them to the trap. They loot patient money without any conscience and for which they promote organ transplant. Hearing all these bad news from hospital industry, I genuinely doubt whether we should promote organ transplant!

Kochouseph Chittilappilly
Admin
3 years 11 months ago

I totally agree with you .Whatever you said is absolutely right. I think it’s high time that we encourage charitable organizations to run hospitals and I personally believe that “Prevention is always better than cure”

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Lekha Raju
3 years 11 months ago

The story of Swathy shows that the feeling of humaneness is there in all human beings. The efforts taken by the people of Edaykkattuvayal Panchayat are highly appreciable.
The most important aspect is that the fear of organ donation is getting reduced from peoples mind. More people are expressing their readiness to donate their organs. This is a good sign.

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Nisha Sanu
3 years 11 months ago

it is indeed heartening to know that Swati is recovering, thanks to all the good-hearted who donated, prayed, was there help. People have yet again proved that humanity still prevails.

 
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