While the entire country is united in prayer for the quick recovery of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who miraculously escaped death in the Siachen avalanche and is fighting for life at the Army Hospital Research & Referal in Delhi now, this gesture from an ordinary Indian stands out as the most touching.
Sixty-six year old Prem Swaroop is ready to donate his organs so that the life of the brave soldier could be saved.
"Take my lungs, kidney, liver or whatever is required to save the brave son of the motherland. If doctors need, they even can take my blood. But for God’s sake, revive the jawan," Swaroop, a retired head constable of CISF, told Firstpost.
The resident of Nithari in Delhi arrived at the hospital after hearing the news of Hanumanthappa being shifted there on Monday. He has met doctors with his offer and he has been told that “he would be contacted if required".
Asked what led him to take such a decision, he said "My life is not more important than his. His life should be saved and this is my only concern. I will be more than happy if I sacrifice my life to save the life of a young man who will serve the nation."
Meanwhile, a housewife on Wednesday also offered to donate a kidney to Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who is battling for life after being rescued from Siachen glacier.
Nidhi Pandey, who lives in Padaria Tula village, about 50 km away from Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, said she was aggrieved to know about the soldier's condition who clung to life after being buried for six days under 30 feet of snow following an avalanche hitting his post at the glacier.
"It was being broadcast in the news channels that his condition is extremely critical as his liver and kidneys are not functioning properly," she said, adding that she felt that something more should be done for the soldier apart from prayers.
She said that is the reason why she decided to donate her kidney, if required.
"With my husband's consent, I expressed my wish to a news channel through its helpline number that flashed on the screen," Pandey said.
She said she has taken the decision as it could benefit the soldier serving the nation.
With inputs from PTI