Show of amity: Indians donate blood to save Pakistani man

In a goodwill gesture, nine Indians came to the rescue of a Pakistani national at a city hospital, donating blood for him.

Last Updated: Sep 30, 2010, 19:36 PM IST

New Delhi: In a goodwill gesture, nine
Indians came to the rescue of a Pakistani national at a city
hospital, donating blood for him.

The Indians donated blood for Pakistani patient Abdul
Razaq, who underwent a liver transplant on September 28 at the
Medanata Medcity in Gurgaon.
40-year-old Razaq, a resident of Lahore in Pakistan, was
diagnosed with liver failure due to hepatitis C. Doctors had
advised immediate surgery which would require use of 10 to 15
units of blood.

"I did not know whom to look for help. Family members
were not around. I did not know whom to turn for help in a
foreign land for 10 to 15 units of blood," Dr Mohammad Khalid,
Razaq`s doctor who had accompanied him, said.
"He was suffering from end stage liver failure, we
advised immediate surgery. In such surgeries, there is huge
blood loss and the provision of blood is made by the hospital
against exchange of blood, which is contributed by friends and
relatives of the patient," Dr A S Soin, chairman of Medanta
Institute of Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine,
said.

"At first I called up Mulvinder Singh who I had
befriended in the hospital. He was here for the treatment of
his father. I called him and told him what I needed. He
promised help immediately," said Dr Khalid.

At night time, Dr Khalid also went to the Jarsa village
which was close to the hospital looking for help.

"I did not know how many people would come from Singh`s
side. So I went to the nearby village. Some elderly gentlemen
were seated. I introduced myself as a Pakistani national and
requested for blood donation. One of them told me to go back
to the hospital promising that he would send his boys for the
required work."

Surprisingly, on the morning of September 28, the day the
transplant was conducted, "Nine people were here to donate
blood for Razaq," a nurse with the hospital said.

"The surgery was successful and he is recovering now," Dr
Soin said.

Dr Khalid said, "I am obliged to those nine people who
turned up to help even without considering twice that it would
save the life of a Pakistani national."

PTI