Kochi: Two young ladies from Kerala and Tamil Nadu saved the lives of two little children affected with thalassemia major and blood cancer. Ernakulam native Ashwika Kavirajan and Tamil Nadu native Dr. Kanmani donated their blood stem cells for saving two budding lives.Dr. Kanmani is the first woman blood stem cell donor in the state. Though she is a Tamil Nadu native, she has been residing in Kerala for the past 6 years.
While she was a 2nd year student of Ernakulam Amrita Medical College, she attended the awareness programe conducted by Datri in their college, and gave blood samples. In 2015, Datri informed her that a patient, who is compatible with Kanmani’s samples, is in need of stem cells. The stem cell donation was done through Datri, national blood stem cell donors’ registry. There were only two women in the registry among more than 50,000 donors registered in the country.
Kanmani’s father Dr. Kannan and mother Thankamani, who is a teacher, supported her decision to donate stem cells. Thus Kanmani donated blood stem cells when she arrived for her convocation in last March. She is deeply contented as she could save the life of a child on the day she took oath as a doctor. Kanmani is eagerly waiting to meet the child, whose life she saved.
Ashwika Kavirajan, who is an IT professional in TCS, decided to give samples of stem cells when her friends did. She underwent a medical test in October and donated stem cell on November 3. As her weight was only 45 kg, Ashwika had never donated blood. But now she feels happy that she could do something more worthwhile.
courtesy :mathrubhumi daily