They say it’s the brother’s job to protect and fight for his sister’s love, her life, but little did they know that a sister too, can hold onto a brother’s back like no other can.
Vandana Chandra, breaking all the stereotypes, saved her brother’s life by donating her kidney this Raksha Bandhan. Her younger brother Vivek Sarabhoy (38) had lost both his kidneys due to prolonged illness. The transplant was successfully carried out at the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi.
Speaking in an interview with TOI, senior advocate Sarabhoy of Agra district court said, “We had approached several government and private hospitals including AIIMS, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College Safdarjung, Lucknow SGPGI, Vedanta, Applo and others, but couldn’t find any donor, even several attempts by family members for a successful transplant had failed, making my situation critical and leaving me little time.”
“It was then that my sister stepped forward and volunteered for the cause. She gave me second life,” he added.
But what makes Vandana’s sacrifice special is the fact that she stepped forward despite bearing a burden of responsibilities from her own family. She is married to Noida-based civil engineer Punit Chandra and has a 12-year-old daughter.
“I love my brother, he had been there for me during my tough times. I remembered the day, when he cooked food and took other responsibilities as I was in labour. Saving his life was a priority. This Raksha Bandhan holds much significance for me, as Vivek has got second lease of life. He came back from jaws of death,” said Vandana, who is in Agra to celebrate Raksha Bandhan.
Further adding, she said “Everyone should register themselves for organ donation so that the needy can be cured. There is nothing more important than saving the life of a human.”
Vivek Sarabhoy is set to be discharge from Apollo Hospital by Sunday evening. Right on time to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with two elder sisters waiting to welcome him back home.