Many pray for a male child, but Dr Rakesh Sharma is proud to be blessed with a girl.
Simran, his daughter, now 18, recently donated 65% of her liver to Dr Sharma, who was suffering from liver cirrhosis and required immediate liver transplant.
On Monday, health minister Rajendra Rathore announced Simran as the state’s brand ambassador of human organ transplant, saluting a daughter’s love for her father.
“Being the only child, she bravely donated two-third of her liver. She has given a message of importance of being a girl to the entire society. People say son take care of father’s legacy, but this daughter of Rajasthan has proved that she is equal to a son,” Rathore said.
Simran’s father, 45-year-old Dr Sharma, an ENT specialist, works in the government’s Kanwatia Hospital, along with his wife Dr Shefali Sharma, a gynaecologist.
Speaking to HT, Simran said that her father suffered from jaundice seven years ago when he was on duty in flood-hit Barmer. The infection increased and he fell ill. He was treated at the Sawai Man Singh Hospital and later at a private hospital and his health stabilised. However, in September 2013, Dr Rakesh caught fever and his liver problem deteriorated and internal bleeding started.
In March this year, Dr Rakesh was taken to the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi, for liver transplant, but experts refused to take Simran’s liver due to complication in her anatomy.
Later, Dr Rakesh was admitted to a private hospital in Jaipur, where experts suggested contacting liver transplant expert Dr Rela at a private hospital in Chennai. “Experts at Chennai after necessary tests agreed to take my liver. 65% of liver was taken and transplanted. I was hospitalised for 10 days and today I am fine,” said Simran, with a gleam on her face.
Looking into the debt on Simran’s family - Rs 67 lakh have been spent on Dr Rakesh’s treatment and the family arranged the money by taking loans and mortgaging house - Rathore asked the principal secretary, finance, to make necessary arrangement to reimburse the money and give advance to Simran.