“Prakrati Chhabra “ is a 27-year-old unmarried girl living in Chandigarh made her mother life pain-free by gifting her a new lease of life and donating her own left kidney on February 2 at Ivy Hospital (Sector 71) and with this selfless & brave act, she set a great example for humanity to inspire them as well.
She says that she feels like the luckiest girl in the world, as she could help to give her mother a comfortable life, who was suffering from the end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Her mother, Anita Chhabra was in pain & got a week with this chronic disease. She was suffering from loss of appetite, sleep problems, nausea, vomiting &fatigue. She always had muscle twitches & cramps, urination issues & decreased mental sharpness. As her father had passed away so, it was on her to decide, whether to wait for a donor or be the one. And this courageous girl, Prakriti chose ‘herself’ to be the one and volunteered to help after helplessly watching her mother become dependent upon dialysis. She added,” I wanted to help my mother to free her from the pain she was going through after all she is the one who gave me birth and raised me like a friend. I was determined to step up and help my mother, who always took care of me when I was sick.
Narrating her story, Prakriti mentioned that her mother like every mother was reluctant when she told her that she is going to gift her one kidney. Ms Anita Chhabra had apprehensions as she was worried about her daughter’s future, especially because Prakriti is unmarried. Although, it took Prakriti sometime to make her mother realize that it is normal nowadays and this fearless daughter allayed all her worries & finally convinced her. “Donating a kidney was a life-altering experience that I will never forget. Because of the donation and the able team of doctors: Dr. Raka Kaushal , Dr. Avinash Srivastava & the team at Ivy Hospital , my mother is able to live a healthier life.
Being wheeled down the theatre, when there is technically nothing wrong with you was the strangest situation to be in, as normally you’re going in to improve your own health. She was baffled as if she will be able to lead a normal life after organ donation like if she will be able to bear a child, run, dance, work outside etc. without any complications. Also, it was scary in a way, as she feared that kidney disease being hereditary can also affect her with age (as it had affected her mother) & what impact it will have on her esp. when she will be left with only one kidney (after kidney donation); but all was worthwhile, when she woke up and realized she had saved someone’s life. “Knowing it’s my mum, makes it feel even better. The competent & experienced doctors helped me in keeping all the negative thoughts away “, she added.
As the mother-daughter duo recovered well after the transplant to lead a normal healthier life, Prakriti was inspired to spread the word about kidney disease prevention and organ donation, esp. when she has seen first-hand how kidney failure can affect someone’s life. She rued the lack of information about kidney donation, “ People tend to view it very negatively. It is unfortunate that my family members have apprehensions about organ donation and are worried about how it will impact their lives. Although the reality is you need one kidney to survive and for most kidney patients, a transplant is a new lease of life.
Dr. Raka Kaushal ( Director Nephrology at Ivy Hospital) mentioned that it is rare for an unmarried girl donating her organ to save the mother, accounting less than 2% of the total donations . Worrying that donating organ may mar a girl’s marital prospects deters most families. In this case, Prakriti was adamant to give her kidney . She is very bold as she firmly told her mother before surgery that “Don’t worry mumma, we both will come out safely from the operation theatre”. The team of surgeons made this transplant successful.
In Prakriti’s words , she is living as good & normal a life as she was living earlier & kidney donation had no negative effect on her life . Donating a kidney to her mother was her own decision especially when our society is not prepared to appreciate the young people who are coming forward to help the needy, which is unfortunate. She proudly said ,” I have no regrets, no second thoughts. If I had three kidneys, I would do it again. This is something which I wish more people would do”.
When someone asks her that what she will do for her marriage, then she speaks boldly that she is sure, the guy who will chose to be on her side for the rest of life, will definitely understand & support her in the decisions that are inclined towards her duties towards her own family, even after marriage. Hats off for such daughters in our society. Our sincere regards to such daughters in society. One should respect the women and contribute in saving the girl child campaign also.