Even as thousands of people across the world exchanged cards and roses, Valentine’s Day was celebrated in a unique way at SPS Apollo Hospital on Saturday: those who had donated their kidneys to their loved ones were honoured.
Dr Rahul Kohli, senior consultant, Department of Nephrology, said, “What can be a bigger symbol of love than giving a part of yourself to your loved one? We thought of honouring such selfless love by inviting couples to a special event to celebrate their new life. Transplant is like rebirth, and people who have gone through it owe their lives to their partners.”
Interestingly, in most of the cases the wives donated their kidney to the husband. “Wives strongly outnumber husbands as donors, and are the first to offer their kidney to save the husband’s life,” said Dr Vikas Kumar, senior consultant, kidney transplant surgery.
Sharing her experience, one wife who donated her kidney to her husband said, “My world came crashing down when I found out that my husband’s kidney was badly damaged. Despite my husband’s resistance, we went ahead and I donated my kidney. That was the only way to get him back, and I could not have been happier.” She added that she was excited about attending this Valentine’s Day party with her recovering husband.
Another invitee, who came to the event with his wife who had donated her kidney to him last year, said: “This was our best Valentine’s Day celebration, as we spent the day with couples like us who know what we’ve been through. I have no words to express my love for my husband. All I can say is that we were one soul, and we have become one body now.”