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Kidney ailment awakened the poet in Apoorva

MEET APOORVA Bajpaiee, an eighth standard student of Saint Mary?s Convent School here, who underwent kidney transplantation some time back. What is inspiring is that the physical and psychological trauma she underwent before and during her stay at Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC), Ahmedabad, could not dampen her indomitable zest for life, it only aroused the instincts of a born-poetess in her.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 01:19 IST

MEET APOORVA Bajpaiee, an eighth standard student of Saint Mary’s Convent School here, who underwent kidney transplantation some time back. What is inspiring is that the physical and psychological trauma she underwent before and during her stay at Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC), Ahmedabad, could not dampen her indomitable zest for life, it only aroused the instincts of a born-poetess in her.

Apoorva is the youngest daughter of Alka and Arvind Kumar Bajpaiee, both State Government employees and residents of Akash Ganga near Shahpura.

In 2001, when she was eight, she was diagnosed with ‘Nephrotic Syndrome’, a disease that ultimately leads to complete damage of kidneys. 

By 2004, due to continuous effects of steroids, the then 11-year-old girl was suffering from calcium deficiency, water retention, poor resistance to infections and high blood pressure (110/185), besides alarmingly high urea-creatine.

Dr Gopesh Modi of Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) suggested kidney transplant. She was moved to IKDRC, Ahmedabad. Apoorva’s mother Alka Bajpaiee donated one of her kidneys. The transplant was successful and Apoorva joined school afresh in Bhopal.

During the most painful period of her life, she composed 35 poems exhibiting freshness, vivacity, intelligence and analytical power.  Apoorva has written a poem about inner satisfaction of a person who donates a kidney.

One is amused to hear Apoorva recite a humorous poem on a man who is never punctual. For all his apparently amusing excuses, he receives the rude shock of losing his share of meal at home and ultimately, his job. 

In a poem about a young wife whose husband dies in an accident, she uses wonderful metaphors like glass bangles breaking a glass house, highlighting the degree of fragility of dreams of us, petty humans.

Apoorva’s narrative poem about her meeting a blind man is awe-awakening. During the encounter, she understands the real implication of blindness, relating to lack of inner vision. 

Her poem on her intense urge to fly free echoes the spirit of the girl who, having suffered from serious kidney disorders during the golden years of her childhood, has a strong determination to set many patients free from the disease.

Apoorva’s ardent desire is to study Bio-science and become a successful nephrologist. With her excellent academic record,
and with constant encouragement from her parents, Apoorva is sure her dream will come true.