Salman donates his bone marrow to save a little girl’s life

Updated: Nov 16, 2010, 13:20 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Salman Khan is one brave-heart hunk, for the actor has become the first bone marrow donor in the country. Known for his generosity and charitable work, the often misunderstood Khan has once again kept up his promise by donating his bone marrow for a little girl Pooja, who was in need of a bone marrow transplant.

The act just comes days after the actor had pledged to Marrow Donor Registry, India, to donate his bone marrow if a need may arise.

And Salman is not alone here. His brother Arbaaz Khan too joined him in the noble task. Confirming the news, Dr. Sunil Parekh who is on the board of MDRI said, "The people suffering from disease and I thank Salman Khan for coming forward and taking up our cause. Four years ago, Salman had read about Pooja, a little girl who was in need of bone marrow transplant. He got his entire football team to come and donate marrow. Unfortunately, they all backed out last minute, and only Salman and Arbaaz landed up donating and became the first donors”.

Talking about the little help they received from the government, Dr Parekh said, "We made a foolish mistake to depend on the government in 2004. We didn`t get the right help..."

Addressing the problems that make bone marrow donation a problem in India, Salman said, "We have only 5000 donors currently. It`s not merely the lack of awareness; it`s our attitude that`s also the problem. And this will make us responsible for patients` lives. Donate marrow and save a life. It`s just like a blood test and doesn`t take time. I know some people are scared of blood tests, too... but it`s time to become a little brave and make a big difference."

It`s not merely the lack of awareness; it`s our attitude that`s also the problem. Donate marrow and save a life. It`s just like a blood test and doesn`t take time.