Choosing humanity over religious customs, a Bihar-based Muslim man saved the life of a Thalassemic child. Thalassemia is blood disorder characterised by abnormal haemoglobin production, which requires the patient to undergo blood transfusion every three-to-four weeks.
Jawad Alam, broke his Ramadan fast to donate blood to eight-year-old Rajesh Kumar in Gopalganj district.
According to an NDTV report, the young boy who suffers from thalassemia was rushed to the emergency unit of Sadar Hospital by his father, after he complained of uneasiness and weakness.
When the doctors examined Rajesh, they told his father that the young boy would immediately need a blood transfusion.
When Rajesh’s father was rushed to the blood bank, he was notified about the unavailability of his son’s blood group at the time. They added that it would take another two-to-three days to make the required arrangement.
A day or two could have cost the thalassemic boy his life. His health was deteriorating, and his father was running from pillar to post to save his life. Despite travelling 200 kms from Kuchaikote to reach the blood bank, he could not procure the right blood group to save his son. He was slowly losing hope.
It was at this time that a quick-thinking hospital janitor came to his rescue. The sweeper contacted Anwar Hussain, a member of the District Blood Donor Team (DBDT) about the plight of Rajesh and his father.
Anwar wasted no time and quickly requested his friend and co-member of DBDT, Jawed Alam, to leave for Sadar Hospital to help the ailing boy.
Speaking to NDTV, Jawad says, “When my friend Anwar requested me to donate blood to a seriously ill thalassemia patient, I politely informed him that I was observing Ramzan fast. But he convinced me to arrive and consulted doctors. At first, even the doctors refused my offer as I was fasting.”
The doctors only agreed to let Jawad donate blood for Rajesh if he agreed to break his fast and consume some solid food.
Faced with no choice, and deeply moved by the boy’s suffering, Jawad chose humanity over his religious duty and broke the fast.
He told the media organisation, “My religion teaches me to help a fellow human first, so I broke my fast and donated blood to save little Rajesh. Islam preaches that humanity is bigger than everything.”
It is stories like these that reiterate our faith in humanity, which will always transcend human barriers!
We salute Jawad Alam, Anwar Hussain and the humble sweeper, who came together to save Rajesh’s life. We wish Rajesh a speedy recovery.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)