A BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER
Gayathri Gunarajan, is an Interior Designer from Hyderabad who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia just after three months of her first pregnancy. Luckily she found a match in 2015 and underwent a Blood Stem Cell Transplant.
During the DRM, when Gayathri met her donor Sivakumar, she had uncontrollable tears and went speechless while expressing her gratitude. Gayathri conveyed her heartfelt thanks by saying that the donor, Sivakumar has gifted her son his mother back, which is the most precious gift to her family. She also thanked her husband who was a pillar of support during the treatment.
Siva Kumar Meenakshisundaram, Gayathri’ donor is a Team Lead at Scope International in Chennai. He registered himself as a Blood Stem Cell donor in 2013 He was equally overwhelmed l when he met Gayathri and her son. He shared his feelings by hugging him and gave a small gift as a token of love.
Gayathri Gunaranjan (Recipient – Left)
23-Jul-2016 | Bangalore
TIES BEYOND TIDES
Shreemali Balasooriya is a 7 yr old Srilankan girl who was diagnosed with Thalassemia, while she was 2 months old. She underwent a Blood Stem Cell Transplant in 2017 with the Blood Stem Cells Donated by Dr Kanmani in Cochin
In 2013, Dr.Kanmani who was then a student of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham registered as a Blood Stem Cell Donor in a camp which was organized by her inspirational Professor, Dr Neeraj. After that day she had safely kept her Donor Registration Card always with her, waiting for her turn. One fine day, her wish did come true through DATRI. All that she knew was, a patient is in need of her help and being a Doctor, she knew the difficulty of finding a HLA match for a Thalassemia patient.
Dr.Kanmani is the First Woman Blood Stem Cell Donor from Kerala. During the DRM Dr Kanmani, shared her donation experience, which happened a day before her graduation. She doesn’t regret a bit missing all the fun and excitement over the graduation day. All that she could feel was contentment from the day she donated, till the day she met Shreemali Balasooriya on stage. She also encouraged the audience, who are her juniors to register themselves as a Blood Stem Cell Donor and be ready to donate if they get that one in a million chance to save a life.
During the DRM the auditorium was filled with joy and love of the Srilankan kid Shreemali Balasooriya, who has crossed oceans to meet her donor and express her heartfelt thanks through her kisses and a warm hug. Shreemali Balasooriya can now happily dance forever and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.
K-Shreemali Balasooriya (Recipient – Right)
DRM-3-May-2018 | Kochi