A father’s love is unconditional. And a son’s affection for his father can be equally selfless. On Father’s Day, we spoke to father-son duos where one of them has donated an organ to the other to save his life.
“Earlier, it was daughters, mothers, wives and sisters who would come ahead first to donate organs to their loved ones. But in the last few years, the percentage of men donating organs to their family members has become equal,” says Dr Anupam Sibal, group medical director, Apollo Hospital.
A lot of young men too have come forward to donate their organs to their parents. Meet these fathers and sons who have donated a part of themselves to the other and set an example of selfless love.
When Jay Kishan, a corporate executive based in Karachi, Pakistan, got to know that his father’s liver has stopped functioning, he felt his world crumble.
“The thought that I might lose him left me paralysed for a bit,” says Jay Kishan.
He reached Apollo Hospital in Delhi, along with his father, Jaman Das, a few months back.
“The doctors found out that a transplant is a must to save his life. That very moment, I decided to donate my liver to him,” he says.
But his father put his foot down against letting his son donate his liver.
“It took days of pleading to make him change his mind. Finally, he had to give in when he was told that it’s not going to affect my health,” he says. “I hear stories of children throwing their parents out in old age. I am blessed to have a son like Jay,” says Das.
Dad’s the world to me
Last December, businessman Himanshu Anand’s father suddenly sank into a coma and was rushed to Ganga Ram hospital.
“Doctors told us that he immediately needs a transplant. Without second thoughts, I told them I am ready to donate a part of my liver. I had to face the challenge of losing 10kgs in 15 days to fit the medical requirements for the operation. I was off food and slogged in the gym. When the operation time came, I was declared fit,” says Anand.
His father had no idea about his son’s donation.
“He was shocked. I thanked my stars that he was in coma or else he would have never agreed to let me donate my liver,” says Anand.
Anything for you, my son
Amartya Saha, 8, was diagnosed with severe liver complication soon after his birth. Repeated bouts of jaundice made it challenging for him to attend school.
“I couldn’t bear to see my little boy suffer,” recalls his father, Mihir Kumar Saha.
In 2009, the family came to Apollo Hospital, Delhi, for treatment.
“It was discovered that more than 80% of his liver was damaged and he required a liver transplant. I had heard that if the donor is a close family member, acceptance rates are higher. I immediately told the doctors that I am willing to donate a part of my liver,” says Saha.
The father-son joke about the transplant at home.
“He laughs saying he has borrowed my liver and can’t offend me or else I will take it back,” says Saha.