Mumbai: A Hindu and Muslim woman donated kidneys to each other’s spouses at a city hospital in Mumbai. They have proved that religion isn’t a barrier if their loved one’s life is at stake.
The families hail from Thane and Bihar and they were brought together by their doctor six months ago. Despite the fact that they were absolute strangers to one another, they still managed to overcome all legal issues and make the transplant happen last week.
The surgery was held on March 14 that was also observed as the World Kidney Day at Saifee Hospital. The surgery has formed a life-long bond between Thane residents Nadeem (51) and Nazreen Patel (45) and Bihar’s Ramswarth Yadav (53) and his wife Satyadevi (45).
Nadeem has three children and was on dialysis for four years. The doctor had suggested a transplant after his health continues to ail. On the other hand, Ramswarth was also forced to stay in Nalasopara after his kidney disease and wanted to undergo a transplant.
Head of nephrology at Saifee hospital discussed the option of swap transplant and he told them that Ramswarth’s blood group matched with Nazreen’s and Nadeem’s blood group matched with Satyadevi’s. after a month the decision was taken by both the families to get the transplant done.
Although this is not a first time that an interfaith swap transplant has been done, Moreover, Mumbai is the home to country’s first successful swap transplant that was done in 2006 involving a Hindu and a Muslim family.
The Apex Swap Transplant Registry was formed in 2008 and since then 60 transplants have been carried out.