02. The Countdown Has Begun

Then starts the long and painful ‘work up’ to the transplant; the decision to go for live or cadaver donation; dealing with the shock, arranging funds, and the excruciating wait on cadaver donation lists at various hospitals; delegating work and preparing for the long hiatus (3 months) post-surgery.

03. Poked, Pricked and Prodded

Endless pathological tests and pre-assessments at various hospitals, wherever the protagonist was registered with for cadaver donation; forms to be filled up, standing in queues; samples to be submitted, each positive result indicating a one inch movement, towards a successful transplant. Through it all, the pain, the anguish, the wait and the dilemma.

04. Donate, Not Sell

On organ transplant, the ICMR guidelines are unambiguously clear – no monetary inducements. Organs can only be voluntarily donated either by a living, person, related to the patient by blood, or an unrelated ‘brain dead’ donor, who has pledged his organs away to give life to another.

05. PULLED ALONG BY A DREAM

As she lay in her hospital bed, thinking a million thoughts, there was one that sustained her through the ordeal. Her dream for her 13-year old, adoptive daughter, Aarzoo

06. Ready for the OT

She was woken up at 5.30 am sharp on September 6, 2016. She brushed her teeth, took a bath with the antiseptic gel that the nurse pressed into her outstretched hand and changed into her new set of button-less, cotton tunic, and pyjamas, her tightly-braided, as instructed.