Rupali Tyagi from Lucknow was deserted by her husband and in-laws after she was diagnosed with liver ailment. Doctors told her that a liver transplant is the only option. Admitted to the Institute for Liver and Bile Sciences, New Delhi, she was lucky to get a donor and has now freed herself from death and bigotry.
“It has been a life-changing journey, wherein I had almost lost all hope but I was blessed with this opportunity through the initiatives of the Indore Organ Donation Society,” said Tyagi during an interaction session of organ donors, recipients and doctors at Brilliant Convention Centre on Sunday as she met the family of the child donor.
“Today, Indore is ranked as the second largest skin donor after Mumbai in the country. Also, in the last seven months, we have carried out organ harvesting nine times,” said Sanjay Dubey, divisional commissioner.
Dubey added that the entire effort required military precision, clockwork and involved crucial roles of the police and airport authorities in clearing formalities.
Durgesh Malviya, 18, died in an accident last year and his organs were donated through the society. After meeting Tyagi, who was transplanted Malviya’s organ, the deceased’s father said, “Meeting Kusum Raikwar for the first time after the transplant, makes me happy to know that a part of him continues to live and thrive with me in this room.”
On this occasion, medical practitioners such as Dr Balram Airan from AIIMS, Delhi; Dr Viniyendra Pamecha, ILBS; Dr Supriya Amey, Fortis Mumbai and Dr Prashant Bhangui, Gurgaon Medanta were present. “Every year, a demand for around 50,000 liver transplants is raised out of which only 2,000 are fulfilled. If we start educating people, many could avail the treatment,” Dr Bhangui said.
Dr Pamecha said the first preference for donation should always be given to a government institute as the transplant is expensive.