Sikh girl’s selfless gesture for Muslim friend meets hospital hurdles

Sikh girl’s selfless gesture for Muslim friend meets hospital hurdles
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SRINGAGAR: In a noble gesture, a Sikh girl from Jammu’s Udhampur district has decided to donate one of her kidneys to save the life of her 22-year-old Muslim friend from Rajouri, who is suffering from the organ’s failure.
While the 23-year-old activist, Manjot Singh Kohli, has been hailed by friends and family for her selfless act towards her friend Samreen Akhtar, doctors at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura are delaying the procedure by creating unnecessary hurdles.
“It’s my love for my friend and my strong belief in humanity that is motivating me to donate my kidney,” Manjot said.
However, doctors at SKIMS Soura are giving the friends a tough time by delaying the procedure, even as the authorisation committee for organ donation has cleared both as candidates for the transplant procedure.
“I don’t know why we are being pushed to the wall by doctors and administration at SKIMS Soura. They resorted to harassment and dillydallying tactics for the last seven months, even as the expert committee cleared both of us for the transplant,” Manjot said.
Both of them appeared before the SKIMS Soura authorisation committee many times to complete formalities with regard to the organ donation, but were told “you belong to different religions”.
“They cleared us for the transplant procedure two months ago but they are raising unnecessary hurdles saying that we belong to different religions and it may create an issue for them,” said Manjot.
Samreen said she was beyond grateful to Manjot, an activist and entrepreneur who stepped up and offered to donate a kidney to her friend.
“She is an incredible person. I simply want to thank her for her selfless act of love and kindness,” Samreen said.
Samreen’s medical problems began last year when she was declared a renal failure patient. Her condition suddenly deteriorated due to high-blood pressure and other medical conditions.
“It was devastating news for me and my family. But Manjot’s great gesture really rescued us from our distress,” she told Kashmir Reader
Earlier Samreen’s mother decided to donate her own kidney but was declared unfit by doctors due to some rare condition.
After many months of struggle and suffering, the family was forced to make Samreen’s medical condition public. They posted it to Facebook for relatives and friends to see.
“We were hopeful that someone from my relatives would come to our help, but no one came forward. Manjot was prompt to contact me and express her willingness to donate her kidney. At first, I didn’t believe my ears, but when she came to meet me and accompanied me before the authorisation committee, then I was overwhelmed. It was really life changing for me,” Samreen told Kashmir Reader.
Samreen is presently admitted in SKIMS Soura as her condition deteriorated once again due to the hospital’s delay in the procedure.
“I am feeling totally down. Allah should help me and accept my friend’s gesture towards me. I am tired of convincing doctors and officials at the Institute. I am only seeking Allah’s divine intervention,” she said.
Director, SKIMS Soura, Dr Omar J Shah told Kashmir Reader that he has directed the committee to decide on the matter immediately.
“We will do whatever best we can. The authorisation committee has informed me that they need some more papers before they decide about it,” he said.