Donating an organ is perhaps the noblest thing that any human can do. On the receiving end, the recipient gets the biggest gift of all; life. However, in some rare cases, the organ donor is subjected to humiliation. That is just what happened in India, when a female chose to offer the gift of life to a allegedly poor candidate, forgoing lucrative monetary offers.
Lekha Namboothiri, a 31-year-old healthy female, donated one of her kidneys to 35 year old Shafi. In India, it is quite common for donors to be offered handsome monetary reimbursements in lieu of their donations. But Lekha staunchly refused any such offers that exceeded Rs. 15 Lakhs ($25,000) and offered her healthy kidney.
Incidentally, Lekha didn’t consider for an instant the fact that she was donating a kidney to a Muslim. Unfortunately for her, the recipient considers it a very big issue. Poor Lekha mustn’t have had the slightest inclination that that one day even organs would have the tag of religion attached.
Lekha, a native of Mavelikkara, Kerala rejected offers mounting up to Rs. 15 lakhs, overlooked her own poverty stricken background and went head in donating one of her kidneys to Shafi Navaz, a Muslim hailing from Pattambi, Kerala. Shafi was on deathbed and claimed to be from a poor family himself.
Having received the kidney from an ‘unknown’ organ donor, Shafi recovered completely. However, in India, it isn’t difficult to procure the information about who was the organ donor. Upon realizing that Lekha, a Hindu, had donated the kidney that saved his life, Shafi, instead of thanking her for the gift, now heaps showers of abuses on his benefactor, reported Haindava Keralam.
Shafi’s is mighty upset that his new kidney has come from a Hindu organ donor. Lekha’s case is that of having interacted with the most unappreciated person, who instead of being grateful for having saved his life without accepting any monetary ‘gifts’, now cribs and insults her routinely because the world has come to know of her noble deed. Apparently, Shafi considers it a ‘haram’ (sin) to have received anything from a person not belonging to the Muslim community, reported Sanskrit Magazine.
Upon learning Shafi’s condition, Lekha had donated her kidney way back in 2012. But it wasn’t news back then and Shafi was quite content. However, when the local media got the wind of the same and Lekha was showered with praises, Shafi was beside himself.
Organ donation has saved countless lives, but for poor Lekha, being an organ donor, made her a target for abuse from none other than the recipient.
[Image Credit |Sanskrit Magazine]