A 26-year-old constable of the Madhya Pradesh Police has offered to donate one of his kidneys to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who is undergoing treatment in Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after kidney failure.
Gaurav Singh Dangi, a resident of Tikamgarh who is currently deployed with the traffic police in Bhopal, said he always liked Swaraj and was upset to know her medical condition.
“When I read the news I was upset thinking that an efficient minister of our country is suffering. I thought that I should help her by donating my kidney, because as a policeman it is my duty to help others,” he told HT. “If with my donated kidney she becomes fine again, then it would be the best thing in my life.”
Dangi, a married man, stressed that he didn’t want anything in return. “It is my selfless decision to help a leader. If I get a call for kidney donation, I will definitely keep my word and will not back out. I can live with one kidney,” he said.
Earlier in Thursday, the traffic policeman tweeted, tagging Swaraj, that his blood group was O positive and he wanted to donate his kidney to her.
People from all walks of life have wished Swaraj a speedy recovery after she announced on Twitter on Wednesday that she was on dialysis at AIIMS and was undergoing tests for kidney transplant after the organ’s failure.
As wishes poured in from her well-wishers, the Union minister on Thursday tweeted: “Some friends have also offered their kidneys for my transplant. I have no words to express my deep sense of gratitude towards them.”
While Dangi’s offer brought him under media glare, it was not immediately clear how his department would react to it. Additional superintendent of police (traffic), Sameer Yadav, said he cannot comment on Dangi’s tweet or his intention.
“We will look into the matter if something on paper comes up. In that case we would abide by the certain guidelines of police department and do whatever is needed,” said Yadav.