A doting wife, Neelu Jain’s world came crashing down when last year, doctors gave up on her husband’s life, saying that the cirrhosis in his liver cannot be cured, and he needed an immediate transplant. “We were desperately looking for a cadaver, but there was no hope from anywhere.
I didn’t want to delay the surgery knowing that it could cost my husband’s life. Luckily, our blood groups matched and I had a healthy liver too, so I thought, why seek out for help. I only decided to donate him a portion of my liver,” says Nilu, who went under the knife, along with her husband Sanjeev in December, last year.
The couple is not only fit and fine now, but is also all geared up to celebrate Valentine’s Day today, for the first time in their life, with 49 other couples, who have a similar story to tell.
“It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the bond with the person you probably love the most, and a part of whom resides in you,” says Dr Anupam Sibal, group medical director at Apollo Hospitals, who is throwing this unique Valentine’s Day bash today at the India Habitat Centre. “People gift bouquets, chocolates and what not. But those who’ve gifted a part of their body to their loved one surely have more reasons to celebrate, because there can be no bigger gift than this,” adds Dr Sibal, who had organised a similar party last year with 40 such couples.
While last year, among all the couples who attended the party, the wife had donated the kidney or liver to the husband, this year, there will be many men present too, who’ve donated one of their vital organs to their wives.
Praveen Kumar, an interior decorator, was not even 40, when one of his kidneys failed to function in 2010. There wasn’t any second thoughts in his wife, Tulsi Devi’s mind, before agreeing to donate her husband the vital organ. Praveen and his wife, for the first time ever in their life, celebrated Valentine’s Day at Dr Sibal’s unique love bash last year. “It’s a great feeling to tell the world your story that’s so different from other stories,” says an excited Kumar, who plans to wrap up work early to attend the bash today.
Dr Subash Gupta, a liver transplant specialist at Apollo Hospital, who gave the new lease of life to all these people through the transplant surgery is no less excited. “I have seen the anxiety and the fear in their eyes from a very close quarter, and now it feels so good to see them leading a happy, normal life,” says Dr Gupta. So, as these couples get set to celebrate their day of love, we wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day too!