Story #37 of 50 days, 50 Stories Campaign
Ajasudheen, Assistant Professor, MES College of Engineering, Kunnukara, Aluva is a proud Blood Stem Cell Donor and a life savior.
Ajasudheen who is the coordinator for the National Service Scheme (NSS) Unit of MES Campus, had organized a Blood Stem Cell Donor Registration Camp in March 2017. Leading the registration camp he himself had registered as a potential blood stem cell donor in the camp, but he had never imagined that he would be a match for someone!
Ajasudheen’s act is an inspiring one not only for his students but also for every individual who has ever dreamt of being a superhero! His generosity saved a child from a fatal blood disorder called Thalassemia. Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder. People with Thalassemia are not able to produce enough hemoglobin that leads to severe anemia. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells (RBC) and is responsible for carrying oxygen to all parts of the body. But when there is insufficient hemoglobin in the RBC, oxygen is unable to reach every part of the body; soon organs are starved for oxygen and are unable to function properly. It is to a child like this that Ajasudheen’s Blood Stem Cells have been saved!
God always has some preplan; the superhero was already arranged while a tiny human was still preparing in Mother’s womb to see the world. After one year of his donor registration, when the world observing Thalassemia Awareness Day on the 8th of May, we found his donor match for a tiny human just diagnosed for Thalassemia. The day he was informed that he has been found to be a match, he immediately agreed. Initially, he was eager to save a life. But as the donation procedure started with the administration of 5 days of GCSF injections to bring stem cells into the bloodstream, Ajasudheen gradually realized that it was not just about saving a life, but also about creating a bond for life, a bond that binds two people forever!
DATRI is a Not-for-Profit organization founded in 2009 with a mission to save lives of those suffering from life-threatening Fatal blood disorders like Blood Cancer, Thalassemia, Leukemia, Aplastic Anemia, Sickle Cell Anaemia, etc.
DATRI is registered with the Government of India as a Section 8 organization, and all monetary contributions towards DATRI are subject to 80G exemptions
About the Author:
Athulya Krishna is a Psychology enthusiast and Social Worker started volunteering with DATRI since 2015. She is now holding the role as a “Senior Associate – Donor Recruitment and Counseling” for Kerala. Being a Computer Science Graduate, Athulya was least intrested for a career in IT and finds passion in touching human lives. She is actively involved with creating awareness for Chronic Invisible Illnesses and Arthritis finds so connected with DATRI’s cause in finding someone’s final hope.