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“The religion of a person should always be humanism. It is just a simple sacrifice for a fellow being,” says Shamshad Begum.

By Faiz Siddiqui

Kanpur: Amid the cacophony of communal strife, here comes a heart-warming gesture. A Muslim woman from Fatehpur district has come forward to donate her kidney to a Hindu woman from Pune, who has been battling for life for over a year. Donor Shamshad Begum (40) and the recipient Aarti (38) both have undergone all required medical examinations. The donor, a native of Raribuzurg village in Bindki tehsil of Fatehpur district, has submitted all the documents required at the district health department, and is now waiting for the nod from the state government’s authorization committee for organ transplantation. The recipient, who is a friend of Shamshad Begum’s younger sibling, Junaida Khatoon, stays in Pune. “I was shocked by the pain being suffered by a person facing death. I underwent the blood group test which matched Aarti’s group,” said Shamshad Begum. “I am ready for organ transplant. The religion of a person should always be humanism. It is just a simple sacrifice for a fellow being,” she said. Shamshad Begum, whose husband expired about ten years ago, stays with her father Zakir Khan, and her teenage daughter in Raribuzurg village in Bindki tehsil in Fatehpur district. The unusual story of two persons, belonging to different faiths and different places, unfolded when Shamshad, during her visit to Mansarovar area in Pune, where her younger sister Junaida Begum lives, met the latter’s friend Aarti, who was going for dialysis as both her kidneys had failed. Shamshad, without giving a second thought, decided to donate one kidney to the ailing Aarti.