In what could certainly be one of the best gifts on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, a man in Ahmedabad donated his kidney to his ailing wife on the occasion of their 23rd marriage anniversary.
Notably, Vinod Patel’s wife Rita suffers from autoimmune kidney dysfunction and has been dependent on medicines for the past three years. However, she is gradually moving towards kidney failure with severe complications.
Unable to see his wife in pain, Vinod Patel came forward to donate his one kidney to Rita. Both of them were investigated upon which the doctors found a match for transplantation.
Can’t see my wife in pain: Vinod Patel
Vinod Patel said that he cannot see his wife in pain and therefore, he decided to donate his kidney.
“My wife has been suffering from the disease for the last three years and was put on dialysis one month back. Seeing her pain, I decided to donate my kidney. She is 44 years old. I want to give the message to society that everyone should respect their partner and help each other when required,” he said.
I will be able to live again: Rita Patel
Expressing gratitude to her husband, Rita said that she considers herself lucky to have a wonderful partner who has supported her through difficult times.
“I was facing difficulties in breathing. My husband told me that he will donate his one kidney to me and we both can live together. I consider myself lucky that I will be able to live again. I am thankful to my husband and my family,” she said.
What is an autoimmune disease?
According to doctors, in autoimmune disease, the immune system, which usually protects the body from infection, attacks healthy parts of the body by mistake.
“Rita Patel is suffering from autoimmune kidney dysfunction and has been on medication for the last 3 years. Due to this dysfunction, the immune system, which usually protects the body from infection, attacks healthy parts of the body which, in this case, is the kidney. Surgery is going to be conducted on February 14,” Dr Siddhartha Mavani said.
“For the first time, on Valentine’s Day, we will be conducting the surgery. We are very excited,” he added.
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