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24-year-old donates liver to save a six-month old

When you pray for something with a pure heart, even the god is forced to give in, say believers. Vimal Chander Joshi reports.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2011 00:44 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

When you pray for something with a pure heart, even the god is forced to give in, say believers. This holds true in the case of Jashraj Kaushal Deputy, a six-month-old boy from Surat who was successfully treated upon in a liver transplant at a Gurgaon hospital on Sunday.

The family prayed continuously for a safe transplant the whole day while the operation was being carried out. Much to their delight, the prayers have been answered.

Call it a Facebook effect or the generosity of a 24-year old game developer — Chintan Shroff — or “god's grace” that all mountainous impediments had turned into molehills.

The problem started when Deputy's father's liver was found unsuitable on Wednesday. They were left with only one option, which is to convince a relative to donate it, but it calls for no objection certificate (NOC) from the state government's directorate of medical education and research. The donor hails from Maharasthra and the patient's family stays in Gujarat which compounded the problems further because this case required NOCs from two state governments.

But finally it was done, that too on a public holiday — Good Friday. “I had to exercise all my personal and professional clouts expeditiously to save the baby. We managed to get both the NOCs in just two days,” said Chintan's father Jayesh Shroff.

Normally, it takes five days to even a week to procure the NOC. “Many a time, lives are lost waiting for an NOC,” said Dr Neelam Mohan, director, pediatric and liver transplantation, Medanta Medicity, where the patient is recovering.

The 12-hour operation required 20 units of blood at a very short notice. It made the Shroff family whimper again. Chintan's colleague Neha Bansal, posted the request on Facebook seeking blood donation.

More than 20 people, including the CEO and president of Lakshya Digital, where Shroff works, came forward and donated blood at Medanta to help the noble cause. “I would have never taken the risk of my life for anyone else. The maximum we could do was to do our bit by donating one unit of blood each,” said Bansal.