In a world where self-centeredness has blinded people to the perils of others, where many hinder more than they help to further, it is a relief to see good and caring hearts coming forward to stand by those in need.
According to a report by The Hindu, a man from Rourkela, Odisha, travelled 500 km to donate blood to a new mother whose life was in danger after delivery.
A tribal woman from Mandasingi village in Patrapur block, Ganjam district, had given birth to a baby girl in MKCG Medical College and Hospital. The doctors had performed a C-section on her. However, after the surgery, her haemoglobin levels lowered severely and she was in desperate need of a blood transfusion.
Further tests revealed that her blood group was ‘Bombay A+ve’ which is extremely rare. Sources report that one out of every 2,50,000 persons in India belongs to this particular blood group.
Dr Rashmita Panigrahy, who is in charge of the hospital’s blood bank, got in touch with blood banks from different states, but in vain. She then went a step further and took to social media to hunt down a donor belonging to the rare blood group.
Thankfully, she found a man from Rourkela named Dilip Barik through a Bhubaneshwar-based donors group on social media. He responded and readily agreed to travel the distance to donate blood to the ailing woman.
After he reached the hospital, he donated his blood which was immediately used to treat the patient. Her condition was then stable.
What a beautiful world it would be if everyone could be as selfless as this man. Take a bow, Mr. Barik! May you inspire many more.