The Bihar Post

Blood donated by Hindu saves life of a Muslim villager in Bihar

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PATNA: Blood knows no religion; it only has the power to save life of the humanity.

An elderly Muslim villager from Bihar knew it from a close when the blood donated by a Hindu ultimately saved his life.

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Mahfazur Raehman, 75, who was admitted to a private hospital in Purnia town, more than 350 km east of Patna, after a broken hip urgently needed blood to save his life. Doctors said he required two blood transfusions to heal his wounds after his surgery conducted to fix his broke hip.

The problem was that this patient had a rare blood group—AB negative. Medical research says only .6 percent of the population has this type of blood group.

His family members ran from one blood bank to another located in the district and around but what they got was only disappointments.

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The family members were discussing this trouble with them in the hospital when one of the attendants Kishan Kumar Thakur came to know this and offered help. Thakur, a daily wage earner was attending to his brother in the same hospital.

“Blood knows no religion and I see nothing wrong in donating it to a Muslim, rather I feel happy that my blood was able to save the life of a man,” Thakur, 20, told the media.

He said once he came to know about his problem, he wasted no time in offering his blood to the villager in trouble.

The patient said he can’t repay this debt in his whole life time. “I had lost all hope of my survival when my son failed to get the second unit of blood despite all efforts but thanks to his (Thakur’s) benevolence, I am alive now,” Rehman said adding, “Allah and Ishwar (Hindu God) both saved my life.” According to him, the first unit of blood was donated by one of his relatives.

The hospital authorities have now announced to honour the donor for his rare gesture.”We salute Thakur for his invaluable gift to the old man. Hope others will emulate him,” hospital’s orthpaedic surgeon Dr KS Anand told the media adding they would felicitate the donor.

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