Prominent philanthropist and social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi’s kidneys have failed and he will be on dialysis for the rest of his life, said his doctor, Adeebal Rizvi on Tuesday.
“The kidneys have failed but now the condition is under control,” Dr Rizvi explained.
The doctor stressed that the philanthropist was in good health, saying “Edhi sahib does the work on his own…he visits his centre too.”
Edhi, adding to Dr Rizvi’s statement, said “I am fine; I spend 24 hours at the centre.”
While talking to the media, Dr Rizvi said, “If we find a kidney, which matches, then we will transplant his kidneys.”
Earlier this month, Edhi underwent routine medical check-up at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation.
Speaking on the issue of organ donation, Dr Rizvi said ball was in media’s court and that it was media’s job to educate the people about organ donation. “Society needs to create more Edhi.”
“People should write in their will to donate their organs,” said Dr Rizvi adding, “they should be convinced to do so. Princess Diana had written in her will to donate her organs and saved 18 lives.”
Adding to this, Edhi said: “I believe in humanity. If someone dies in an accident then there is no harm in donating his/her organs with his or family’s permission.”
He also said that no one dies by donating kidneys; rather he lives two to four extra years.