Life After Death: Organs From This Kolkata Man & Indore Woman Save Eleven Lives

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On December 18, when the news of their son’s accident reached them, parents of 20-year-old Sajal Kar from Kolaghat, West Bengal were overwhelmed with grief beyond consolation. However, even amidst the worst crisis of their lives, they set an inspiring example for the society. Overcoming all societal hassles, they decided to donate their son’s vital organs, saving as many as five lives in turn.

In a similar life-saving incident, 36-year-old Harshita Kaushal from Indore scripted an outstanding gesture of humanity after her organs saved the lives of six. Kaushal, who passed away untimely due to sudden brain haemorrhage, had always expressed the wish for organ donation, her family shared with The Times Of India.


Organ donation is gaining popularity among youngsters

A few years ago, the widely acclaimed movie Ship Of Theseus attempted to spread a strong message about posthumous organ donation within a paradoxical concoction of stories. It showed how a person lives on even after death, not only in memories but also in every heartbeat and every breath of the individuals he/she has saved.

In a much welcome trend, more and more youngsters these days are coming forward to pledge their organs for donation.


Sajal saved as many as six lives

Sajal Kar, a second-year B.Com student, had a fatal bike accident on NH41 on December 18. Poor visibility due to continuous rainfall is being accounted as the cause of the accident. With multiple skull fractures and uncontrollable internal bleeding, the young man had little chances of survival, even after undergoing a critical neurosurgery.

Sajal succumbed to his injuries the following afternoon at Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI), reports The Telegraph. Later that evening, his parents consented for the organ donation. His cornea, liver, heart, kidneys and skin soon reached to patients from all across West Bengal, gifting them a new lease of life. His heart was transplanted into 40-year-old Habibur Rehman, who was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. His kidneys saved aeronautical engineer Debajyoti Mukherjea, who was awaiting the transplant since September.

Auto-driver Jaypratim Ghosh was slowly losing hopes of recovery, after being diagnosed with liver cirrhosis in 2014 due to his alcohol addiction. Sajal’s liver ended his indefinite wait on a positive note.

Sajal’s corneas and skin were also successfully stored and later transplanted into three ailing recipients. The city saw the creation of three green corridors to transport his organs in time.

“He was a lively boy…We were initially reluctant… but realised he would continue to live on if we donated his organs,” Sajal’s father Sumit Kar shared with The Telegraph. 


Harshita always wished to pledge her organs

Harshita Kaushal’s story is a little different but equally heartwarming. Her death was indeed an unforeseen tragedy. On the night of December 16, she collapsed while trying to escort his elder brother to the hospital when he complained of chest pain.

Harshita, who lost her father to kidney failure around a decade ago, had always advocated organ donation personally.

Her younger brother Anuj told The Times Of India that their father passed away due to unavailability of a kidney in time. “While reading newsprints on organ donation, she used to say that she also wants her organs to be donated,” he shared about Harshita.

Her organs were transported through three green corridors in Indore. In fact, her heart and lungs were flown to Mumbai immediately by air taxi where they saved 27-year-old woman from death. Her liver was transplanted into a 57-year-old man affected by Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Her kidneys saved a 27-year-old man and a 66-year-old senior woman. Presently, her eyes have been securely preserved in MK International Eye Hospital.


Pledge your organs today

Even today, more than five lakh people die every year in India due to unavailability of organs for timely transplant. Though the awareness is rising among the present generation, many still continue to treat such a noble gesture as a socio-religious taboo. Sajal, Harshita and many more proved to us how deep and far-reaching impact organ donation can have. Efforts For Good urges all readers to opt for pledging their organs.  


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‘Happy Fridge’: The Key To Bridge Food Wastage And Hunger Problem In India

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Rahul Khera and Gautam Jindal, volunteers (aka hunger heroes) at Feeding India, were among the many Delhi NCR residents accustomed to seeing hungry children pick up half-eaten burgers or stale sandwiches from the dustbin and savour those with the brightest smiles. Like many others, they also had the will to promote equitable food distribution but was perplexed about the approach, until they learnt about the community fridge initiative which has gained unprecedented success in Saudi Arabia and few other European countries. Meanwhile, community fridges were already being installed outside restaurants or in public places in a handful of cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Kochi.

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Needless to mention, with a shocking 103rd rank in the Global Hunger Index and a food wastage estimate of around Rs 58,000 crore – India was perhaps the best country to implement such an initiative. With Gautam’s help, an enthusiastic Rahul invested his own savings to install a ‘Happy Fridge’ outside his residence at Sun City, Sector 54 in Gurgaon. Set up in 2017 by these Feeding India volunteers, the fridge in Gurgaon has inspired the NGO to scale up the project across India.

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‘Happy Fridge’ fostered many smiles

It didn’t take long for the local residents to learn about this laudable endeavour. They welcomed it, as wastage of excess food was a recurring problem in almost every household. “Intimating the localities was no mammoth task, thanks to social media. However, it was difficult to spread the word among those who actually needed the food,” shares Rahul, who went from auto stands to slums, inviting rickshaw pullers, ragpickers or roadside vendors to avail the community fridge any time they feel hungry. “The security guards of our residential complex played a huge role in explaining how the fridge works to the beneficiaries,” he adds.

The operational and maintenance costs of the ‘ happy fridge ‘ are being maintained diligently by the community members.

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“I remember one young man who had arrived from a village looking for some menial day job. Somehow he had run out of his paltry savings and had no money to buy one decent meal a day. For about a month, our happy fridge was his solace, till he earned his first salary from a housekeeping job,” shares a jubilant Rahul.

In another incident, a truck driver returning in the wee hours of midnight was starving after a whole day’s hard work. He had run out of cooking fuel at his home, so our fridge was at his rescue.

“The residents keep all sorts of palatable dishes in the happy fridge, ranging from dry snacks, fruits to cooked meals. Sometimes, they even keep raw vegetables, to ensure not a single bit of good food ends up in their trash while other people go hungry to bed,” reveals Rahul.

On an average, each happy fridge supplies around 10-15 meals in a day. The gratitude and pure smiles of the hungry souls after a fulfilling meal are more than enough to continue to motivate Rahul and his neighbours. In fact, inspired by him, many other communities in the Delhi-NCR region set up community fridges in their areas.

Feeding India will set up 500 Happy Fridges

Since the past few years, Feeding India has been a prominent organisation working in the forefront to solve the hunger problem in India. Primarily, they were involved in redistributing leftover food from weddings and parties among the underprivileged people in different cities of India. Their volunteers, better known as “Hunger Heroes of India”, worked actively to bridge the gap between food wastage and food crisis.

“We used to get a lot of calls from individual households to collect their excess food. However, unfortunately, we lacked the manpower and planning to launch our programme on a door to door basis. We were desperately looking for an alternative when we learnt about the community fridges,” shares Srishti Jain, co-founder of Feeding India.

After interacting with Rahul Khera and other campaigners of community fridges, Feeding India decided to amplify this extraordinary project throughout the length and breadth of India. Presently, they have launched the #FightFoodWaste campaign to install 500 community fridges – nicknamed ‘ Happy Fridge ’. So any passer-by – be it a kid going to school without a lunchbox, or a labourer returning home late at night with no promise of a dinner – can now grab a pack of biscuits or a bowl of ‘dal-chawal’ (rice & lentil soup) to satiate their hunger. Click here to contribute for ‘ Happy Fridge ‘ and ensure India never sleeps hungry again.

Feeding India also urges everyone to make a promise to stop wasting food and instead consider donating it to those in need.

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