Serving Bishop to donate kidney to Hindu man

Serving Bishop to donate kidney to Hindu man

Kottayam (PTI): In a noble gesture, a Catholic Bishop in Kerala has decided to donate one of his kidneys to save the life of a 30-year-old Hindu man, who is suffering from the organ failure.

Auxiliary Bishop of Pala Diocese Jacob Murickan today appeared before an authorisation committee of Kottayam Government Medical College to complete all legal formalities with regard to donating one of his kidneys to E Sooraj.

“This is perhaps for the first time in the history, a serving Bishop is donating one of his kidneys to save a valuable life,” said Kidney Federation Chairman Father Davis Chiramal.

Chiramal, who had earlier donated his kidney to an ailing person in Kerala, said the organ transplantation surgery will be performed at Lakeshore Hospital, Ernakulam, on June 1.

“Sooraj belongs to a very poor family. He is the sole bread winner of his family comprising his mother and wife”, Chiramal said.

He had lost his father four years ago. Later, his brother died of heart attack.

“Hearing his sad stories, the Bishop decided to donate one of his kidneys to the Hindu youth. We also want to generate money from generous people for successfully completing the organ transplantation surgery,” the priest said.

Muricken was declared Auxiliary Bishop of Palai in 2012 while serving as the Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator.

On 19 September 2013, he, along with the other newly-appointed Bishops from around the world, was received in audience by Pope Francis at the Vatican.

4 Comments

  1. If truth be told, this kind of news shouldn’t make it to the headlines.

    So what if the donor is a Bishop (a Christian) and the recipient is a Hindu? Would things have been diff if the recipient were to be a Christian? We are all people – just humans! And oh, the doesn’t the Bible say that the L or R hand shouldn’t know what the other hand does?

  2. Praveen has a very important point here. You do not know who has donated the blood. It saves lives. Donating an organ such as kidney is a real noble gesture and needs to be applauded. It is the journalistic mischief usually which gives a twist to the tale and cause tension in the society. We know of stories of young cardiac patients travelling from Lahore to Bangalore and get correction surgery at NARAYANA Hidayalaya for free. There are free beds in FATHER muller’s and also KMC. Obviously medical students learn from these patents on free beds. So they get ‘free’ treatment at the cost of being seen by many students. The greatest sickness is poverty. i feel sorry for the poor who can not even afford bus fare but have to travel many miles to get treatments. May the priest be blessed immensely. HE IS SAVING A LIFE.

  3. For once, I agree with Praveena Pinto. Recently I remember posting a similar reaction to another report on how a muslim in Mangalore area was sharing water with his hindu neighbors during water crisis.

    This is precisely what is known as soft bigotry of low expectations!!! Media does it all the time!! When media does this kind of reporting, it creates an impression that minorities typically don’t help people from Hindu community!!! This is far from truth!! Oh well…

  4. My first reaction to this news was : a human donates kidney to save another persons life. Why should it matter then the individual faiths of people ? Then I thought may be only in India a person is recognized more by his personal faith and it is a norm to help ones own community of faith.

    While I commend the priest for this noble and selfless act, I feel irritated with the reporting as if this is a novelty. In moments of crises – helping others should not be based on religion and I am sure the bishop has done in the right spirit. Empathy for others is integral part of human nature and recently in BBC there was a video of chimps displaying empathy to their dead friend- I was shocked to see the apes behaving like humans gathering around the body of their friend. I am sure if you google this you will get to see the video.

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