Pakistani man survives liver surgery after 12 Indian students donate blood

Published: March 7, 2015


Humanity knows no boundaries. This was proven by 12 Indian students who donated blood to a Pakistani liver patient, saving his life.

Aman Lal Makhija, a 40-year-old Pakistani man from Sindh, traveled to New Delhi for a liver transplant after being advised by doctors to seek help across the border, according to Daily Mail.

Makhija was accompanied by his donor and brother-in-law Dilshad Ali. However, Makhija’s liver started failing and there was urgent need for blood. Responding to Dilshad’s pamphlets requesting blood donations, 12 students came forward to donate blood.

The doctors who operated on the patient, Dr KR Vasudevan and Dr Abhideep Chaudhary, said that owing to the timely contribution of blood, the team was able to successfully perform a complicated liver transplant surgery on February 27.

“Usually, all liver transplant patients are advised to arrange 10 units of blood in case of any eventuality. But being from Pakistan, the family did not have any donors. The noble act of blood donation by these students really touched us all,” said Dr Vasudevan, a liver transplant surgeon.

Makhija, who runs a medical store in Pakistan, said, “This rebirth is the best Holi gift to me by Indian doctors and students.”

“There are about 400 Hindu families in our area. We have never faced any problems in Pakistan. Here, everyone, including these young students, have been so helpful. The students even came to enquire about my brother’s health and have invited me to take part in Holi celebrations. My family will always remain obliged to them,” Jawahar Lal Makhija, the patient’s brother, said.

“The patient was suffering from Hepatitis-B for the last three years and needed an urgent liver transplant. A part of his bother-in-law’s healthy liver was transplanted in a seven-hour surgery. Both donor and recipient are fine now and will be discharged in a week,” said Dr Chaudhary.

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  • John
    Mar 7, 2015 - 6:35PM

    Thankyou India for saving one of our citizen’s life.Peace.Recommend

  • Arjun
    Mar 7, 2015 - 7:32PM

    Thanks for publishing this. Recommend

  • a&a
    Mar 7, 2015 - 8:05PM

    Happy Holi brothers Indians….. Recommend

  • Neo
    Mar 7, 2015 - 8:21PM

    Its an conspiracy by raw ,mosad and cia to defame pak doctors .
    Country blessed by [email protected] is best among worst.Recommend

  • Sajid Mahmood
    Mar 7, 2015 - 9:14PM

    I’m speechless

    wonderful gestureRecommend

  • imran
    Mar 7, 2015 - 9:48PM

    Well said…. ‘Humanity knows no boundaries’.Recommend

  • Abdul Rasheed Shaikh
    Mar 7, 2015 - 10:48PM

    No doubt, it is a great example of humanitarianism to donate blood by Indian students to a patient from Pakistan. We are thankful to the Indian students.Recommend

  • Dr. Khalid
    Mar 7, 2015 - 10:53PM

    Thank you India and congrats on Holi!Recommend

  • Raghu2
    Mar 7, 2015 - 11:02PM

    Pakistanis dont be offended. Its common here to donate blood.Probably they looked at him as a patient. Donation might be common in Pak too. Anyhow 12 members donating lbood is good.Recommend

  • Mar 7, 2015 - 11:25PM

    Beautiful Holi gift :)Recommend

  • Dan
    Mar 7, 2015 - 11:33PM

    This is Incredible India!!! I am proud to be an Indian. Jai Hind! Recommend

  • Milind Dave
    Mar 8, 2015 - 12:48AM

    Shame on you and your thinking Recommend

  • boomerang
    Mar 8, 2015 - 12:58AM

    An act simply called humanity yet kindles a ray of hope in darkness. Recommend

  • KafirMusafir
    Mar 8, 2015 - 4:21AM

    Wonderful, feel-good, human, compassionate, heart-warming story and gesture of life-giving blood. In most countries, especially in non-Muslim countries, this is a routine without regards to the blood recipient. In this context, it is very encouraging that Hindu students around the time of Holi answered the call of a Pakistani man in ill-health and no family in India for blood donation. May the True God bless the donors and the Pakistani man health and well-being as he returns to Pakistan with a renewed life given by Hindu Indians and to spread goodwill and brotherhood with no tinge of religion in the gospel.Recommend

  • Desi
    Mar 8, 2015 - 7:03AM

    I can’t believe this is such a big news… Organizations like NSS and even RSS (believe it or not..) have an active blood donation group in colleges and universities across India… People in need of blood often contact them and students go to hospitals and donate blood. Some do it for money too.. I myself have done that several times and I know one thing for sure – no one cares who they are giving the blood to, as long as its for a patient in need.

    If this piece is such a big news, we, as human beings need to do a reality check on our ethical values…Recommend

  • Bhupal
    Mar 8, 2015 - 8:40AM

    Hope for “achhe din” of Indo-pak relations when all such news is taken as very normal human response. Recommend

  • ABCD
    Mar 8, 2015 - 9:42AM

    Where is it written the students were Hindus?Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Mar 8, 2015 - 10:56AM

    “Happy Holi brothers Indians…..”

    @Mohammed Abbasi:
    “Beautiful Holi gift :)”

    Whatever be it. This Khoon Ki Holi by the Indians is good. May God bless the good hearted and also wish the Pakistani patient quick recovery.Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2015 - 11:27AM

    @Neo: can’t you think of anything worse???

    In plain and simple terms, the Indians have set a shining and glorious example of humanity. Thank you fellow humans. Have a very nice day.Recommend

  • Rohit
    Mar 8, 2015 - 11:34AM

    Kudos to the students who donated blood (though this is routine in India). We should help all patients irrespective of their religion and nationality, but Pakistanis will hate us no matter what.Recommend

  • Sohail Abbasi
    Mar 8, 2015 - 11:36AM

    Priceless, thank you indiaRecommend

  • Rakib
    Mar 8, 2015 - 11:41AM

    @KafirMusafir: Your kind words are appreciated. Your heartfelt wishes & blessings are invaluable. As an aside only:-You have mentioned “Hindu Students”. Not necessarily so. They could be a mixed lot, Hindu/Sikh/Muslim/Christian/North Indians/Bengalis/Southerners. One of his doctors is a Tamil, his nurses may be from Kerala….Delhi is a huge cosmopolitan city.Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2015 - 3:27PM

    Excellent humanitarian gesture by students. Such gestures keep our faith in humanity alive.Recommend

  • Alladitta
    Mar 8, 2015 - 6:29PM

    How can Hindu blood and Muslim blood be the same??Recommend

  • Pops
    Mar 8, 2015 - 9:27PM

    Only in Madrassa educated person’s head it is not the same.Recommend

  • genesis
    Mar 8, 2015 - 10:14PM

    Blood has no religion or politics.It is only people who have that and more blood that circulates the more good it will do to humanityRecommend

  • Rakib
    Mar 9, 2015 - 7:43AM

    @Pops: I see nothing but satire, a poignant one in Manto-style, in what @Alladitta has commented. I could be wrong, of course.Recommend

  • Hady
    Mar 9, 2015 - 11:21AM

    Faith in humanity restored….!!!
    That’s why I say there is a bit of Indian in every Pakistan and a bit of Pakistani in every Indian…
    Happy Holi Indian Brothers!!!Recommend

  • SK
    Mar 9, 2015 - 12:14PM

    If we think beyond the boundaries and consider humanity before religion we can save many lives like in this case and make each others’ lives much easier. But due to dirty politics we are deepening the differences and making it more difficult for each others. Ind and Pak have almost same cultures, traditions and values, hundreds of thousands people at both sides have relatives in neighbor country but still we are enemies of each other. We feel proud to take picture with someone from UK, people who divided us, but abuse each other on social media. Really Need to Think, I believe.Recommend

  • yo2da2
    Mar 9, 2015 - 11:20PM

    @Rohit: While the story did not mention blood type, one assumes the blood of the 12 matched that of the patient. The lesson here is that while cultural attributes (language, religion, ethnicity, education) can divide, the biology remains the fundamental common “humanity” we all share. So, what is really important?.Recommend

  • yo2da2
    Mar 9, 2015 - 11:20PM

    @ABCD: Does it matter?Recommend

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