Villagers from Gurgaon came to the rescue of a Pakistani patient battling for his life in a city hospital. Lahore-based businessman Abdur Razzak, 38, underwent a liver transplant surgery at Medanta Medicity on Tuesday and required blood. Since Razzak’s is O+, a rare blood group, his family had a tough time arranging it. The family then approached the nearby Jharsa village, where several villagers volunteered to donate blood for Razzak.
Doctors have said Razzak is doing fine and will be discharged soon.
Razzak was brought to India on August 28 by his two brothers.
“We were asked to arrange blood from outside as Razzak’s brothers’ blood group didn’t match. We discussed it with a few villagers who live near the hospital. Two of them agreed to donate,” said Mohammad Khalid, Razzak’s cousin.
“The doctors in Pakistan had referred us here and after talking to doctors we came to Gurgaon. Since matching of blood group was important, we started looking for donors. At the hospital canteen, we met Malwinder Singh whose father was admitted in the hospital. When we shared our problem with him, he sent seven of his friends from nearby areas to donate blood,” said Mohammad Ashfaq, Razzak’s brother. Singh also helped arrange 10 more donors for Razzak.
In all, Razaak’s family managed to get 19 donors who helped save his life.
“We don’t know the people who donated the blood for my brother but we will always remember them. We used to go to Jharsa village to buy vegetables and there we met these people who later agreed to donate blood,” Ashfaq said.
“We were skeptical about coming to India but it has become like a second home to us. The treatment we got from people can never be forgotten. Everyone was ready to help us, irrespective of their religion. This is an example of how the gap between India and Pakistan can be bridged,” he added.
“The patient had come to us with a terminal liver disease. He needed an urgent liver transplant and blood donors. The villagers donated blood to save Razzak’s life,” said Dr A.S. Soin, chief liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon.