The story of human love!
Police officer steps up to donate blood to a pregnant lady and in turn helps two lives! What better gesture of nobility than this!
By: M S Nazki
As media persons every morning we get on with our usual routine and move on with our incredible foray into our beats to sniff out stories. In places in District Poonch the beat is one but its corollaries are in multiples. But in our surge to search for the sensational we miss out small incidents that may not cause sensation but have the potential of making a deep impact on the human psyche and leave a big message behind. This story is regarding one such incident that happened today. And once again the protagonist of the story was a police officer and the antagonist the wretched circumstances and the backdrop Government Hospital Poonch. But about this I will come to later in the narrative.
The importance of helping others is one of the most important things our parents and teachers instill in us. From sharing toys with playmates to donating clothes to homeless shelters, we all have to do what we can to help our fellow man. And there’s nothing quite like the feeling we get when we know I’ve changed someone’s life for the better. In this sorry I’ve put together a few touchy stories about blood donation where lives were saved and lost too!
Hundreds of thousands of people need blood every day, from chemotherapy patients to people who get into accidents. On top of that, there is an ongoing global blood shortage, so people everywhere are suffering. Therefore, raising awareness about blood donation can completely change the course of someone’s life even if they live on the other side of the planet.
I. The History:
*The first research into blood transfusion dates back to the 17th Century when British physician William Harvey fully described the circulation and properties of blood in 1628. The first blood transfusions were also attempted around this time, although these were often unsuccessful and proved fatal in humans.
- The first successful blood transfusion recorded was performed by British physician Richard Lower in 1665 when he bled a dog almost to death and then revived the animal by transfusing blood from another dog via a tied artery.
- In 1667, Jean-Baptiste Denis who was physician to King Louis XIV, performed the transfusion of blood from an animal to a human. Denis transfused the blood from a sheep to a 15-year old boy and later to a laborer, both of whom survived the transfusions.
- In 1818, British obstetrician James Blundell successfully transfused human blood to a patient who had hemorrhaged during childbirth. In 1901, Karl Landsteiner, an Austrian physician discovered the first human blood groups, which helped transfusion to become a safer practice. By performing experiments in which he mixed blood samples taken from his staff, Landsteiner discovered blood groups A, B and O and established the basic principles of ABO compatibility.
- In 1907, an American surgeon called Reuben Ottenberg suggested that patient and donor blood should be grouped and cross matched before a blood transfusion procedure.
- Between 1914 and 1918, anticoagulants such as sodium citrate were found to prolong the shelf life of blood and refrigeration also proved to be an effective means of preserving blood. In the 1920’s and 30’s, the voluntary donation of blood for storage and use was started.
*At around the same time, Edwin Cohn developed cold ethanol fractionation, a method of breaking down blood into its component parts to obtain albumin, gamma globulin and fibrinogen, for example.
- During the Second World War, blood transfusion was used on a large scale to treat injured soldiers and became well known as a life saving procedure.
So the point to where we have reached it clearly suggests that blood gives life, revives us and thus we become the same as were before we lost our own component for one reason or the other. There are a voluminous amount of blood donation stories. I selected four, two from abroad, two from India and the fifth I found out in Poonch today. For sure they would make you ponder and take you to inner chambers of life:
I. Story of Emily
Like so many blood recipients, Emily wanted blood donors to know the impact of their donation, beyond saving her life. She did say, ‘I would not be here without those donations. I am a mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. Those close to me know how lucky we are.’ She received her first 5 transfusions when she began to lose blood after the birth of her first child. She later woke in intensive care, her life saved by her amazing clinicians and by the blood given so generously by blood donors. After seeking medical advice, Emily and her husband decided they would try for a second child. All of the medical professionals were very positive and felt that the risk was still relatively low. To counteract this risk, it was decided that we would have an elective caesarean section just before she was 39 weeks pregnant. But Emily’s second child, would not wait the full 39 weeks. She went into spontaneous labor when she was 37 weeks pregnant. The family went straight to the hospital with the plan of going into theatre for a caesarean section. Unfortunately, when they arrived at the hospital it was decided that the labor was progressing too fast and it would be safer for us to deliver naturally. Baby arrived safely but the fight for life now belonged to Emily alone. She began to hemorrhage. She had a condition called placenta accreta and this meant that the placenta had adhered to her uterus causing it to be severely damaged during the birth. She was bleeding rapidly and was receiving lots of blood. In fact, she was bleeding faster than the blood could be put back in. She was given a life-saving hysterectomy. It took the medical team hours to complete the procedure. Without blood transfusions they would not have been able to safely do this. In total, Emily needed 46 units of blood, platelets and plasma. But the donors yet again saved her otherwise she would have gone either way.
II. This one is emotional:
A blood donation is one of the greatest gifts that a person can give. It is a selfless act that can have a long-lasting impact on another person’s life. Susan, a committed Red Cross blood donor, regularly donated blood to help save the lives of others. Following one of her routine blood donation appointments, she received a message from the Red Cross that would help save hers. She came in and gave blood (like every 8-10 weeks). It seemed perfectly normal, and she felt perfectly normal. But, the day after her last donation, the Red Cross called her, and told that she should go to the doctor and have her blood tested. They told her that her white blood cell count was very high, and that it needed to be evaluated. She went to her family doctor, and then an oncologist/hematologist. They drew blood and finally drew bone marrow. She was diagnosed with Leukemia (CML) and this has been very difficult, but if the Red Cross hadn’t told her about her blood being abnormal, she would not have discovered this by herself. She had no symptoms and it could have developed over a much longer period of time. She will never know how much of a difference that would have made, but she is very grateful to have found it quickly, thanks to the Red Cross. She won’t be able to give blood for a long time if ever, but she has told this story to all of her students, colleagues, friends and family members. They all recognize how good it is to give blood not only for victims who need blood, but for the blood donors themselves!
III. The seventeen years old boy relates his experience:
I was just seventeen, when I actually realized the importance of blood donation. I was returning from my school at around 4 pm, when I saw a poor lady standing besides the school gate with a small pink diary in her hand, and was praying to help her child. Initially I thought she must be asking for money, which usually happens. But curiously I walked down to her and asked what happened? What do you want? Without saying anything she gave me the diary, which was actually the treatment card of her 4 yrs old son who was suffering from beta thalassemia major and requiring blood transfusion on a regular interval. But this time his transfusion was getting delayed because of unavailability of group matched (i.e. A negative) blood unit in the blood bank. The blood bank personnel have asked her to bring a same group blood donor then only they will be able to provide blood. After that, she started crying and asked me to donate blood for her son, who was waiting in the hospital with his aunt. When I asked about his father, she said that he got frustrated with his son’s disease and the unavailability of employment, he has left the house and she doesn’t know where he is currently. I almost started tearing my hair after hearing all this, and I decided to donate blood for her son. I went to the blood bank, but unfortunately I couldn’t fulfill the criteria of blood donation, I was just 17 (one year shorter). But I pampered that needy mother and promised her that I will definitely arrange blood for her son tomorrow. I couldn’t sleep that night, with the thoughts that how can I help that lady. The next morning I went to school and told the story to my classmates, then some of my classmates told me that they have just completed 18, but none of them are A negative blood groups. But still I motivate them to donate their blood for some other needy patients, and take them to the blood bank. This time I asked blood bank people that, how can I arrange A -ve blood for that thalassemia child? Then he gave me the list of some A negative blood donors and told me to contact them. I contacted those donors and luckily two of them turned up for donation. I went to that lady and asked her to bring her son for blood transfusion, as the blood is available now in the blood bank. I felt so happy and proud that day, that was the most beautiful and memorable day of my life. At the same instance, I decided to become a regular voluntary blood donor as soon as I turned up to 18. And since then I am a regular voluntary blood donor and always try to motivate others for the same. I have taken an initiative and made an Rh D negative blood donor registry and 48 people have been registered so far, who donate their blood on a regular basis, as and when we get calls from various hospitals or blood banks.
IV. And he finally breathed his last but someone could have helped him:
Once, there lived a small family of three, a father, a mother and a son and were blessed in millions. He was a great visionary, wanted to be a doctor and serve the nation. He was in his last year of MBBS. He was brought up by his loving parents in a hard way. His exams were over and he was coming back home to say a very good news to his parents that he had passed the examination by securing very high marks. His parents dreamt for it every day and this was the time for them to be excited, but one incident changed their lives.
While his son was returning home by foot, a drunken man in a car hit him. He was severely wounded and was bleeding. The public gathered but not even one cared to call the ambulance. They watched the victim helplessly. A young teen aged lad of high school was disappointed by the public and he called the ambulance. The victim was soon taken to the hospital and his parents also came there. They were in great pain shedding tears. The doctor told them to bring 4 units of blood belonging to the O negative group. The helpless parents went to the blood bank but failed to find even one single unit of blood because there were not many blood donors who voluntarily donated blood.
They begged in the streets to give their son a second life, but the pedestrians laughed at them and walked forward by passing provoking comments. They went to public toilets, apartments, each and every house, shops, markets, malls, shopping centers to get blood but failed to get even one unit of blood. They rushed back to the hospital and watched helplessly their only son breathing for the last time.
Now I come to the fifth one which took place in Poonch today. The recipient was a lady who was about to give birth to a new life on the planet. But trust me it’s not an easy affair and all about the uneasiness, the discomfort no one else or the ladies know. Other than them it is the labor room staff headed by the commander-in-chief there, the gynecologist and an array of doctors. Needless to mention the complications can develop any moment as they did in this lady’s case. Alarm bells began ringing when there was a sudden need of blood. In normal circumstances the donors do rise to the occasion but these are covid-19 second wave times and everything is uncertain. But then arrived the savior. He was DYSP DAR Poonch Sachin Gupta KPS and he voluntarily donated blood to the lady and thus she was revived after successful transfusion. I’m sure that the overwhelmed family of the lady must have thanked the officer in bagfuls and the officer with a smile on his face would have said, ‘it’s a humanitarian duty that had to be done, no need for thanking, just gave it to my sister’! Splendid show by Jammu and Kashmir Police once again!
In the end I would only say, we all say, my rosy glow, my beating heart, the strength in every limb all this I am thankful for is nurtured with my blood. But if someone requires it from us then we should not think twice. Let us share that red rose glow. We sense our blood transporting joy around our body along with the oxygen and nutrients. But if we see someone requiring a bit from us then why not be prepared to give it? We are friends, we have the instinct to nurture and protect one another, it makes us blood in a different way. We are a family. We really are!