5-Year-Old With Rare Blood Group Gets A Donor And An Indian-Origin Nurse Wins Big In Singapore
A Nashik resident steps forward to help a young girl in Kochi and a front-line health-care worker is rewarded for her exemplary service during the coronavirus pandemic
It doesn’t matter where you are if the desire to help another person is sincerely strong. Take, for instance, this case in which a resident of Nashik, Maharashtra, came forward to donate blood to a 5-year-old girl in Kochi, Kerala.
Anushka, who suffered injuries on her head when she fell off a building in Gujarat a year ago, had been undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kochi. Anushka has a rare blood group, P null, and she needed a donor for her surgery. Help came from the NGO Blood Donors Kerala which decided to amplify her family’s request on social media.
The Facebook post seeking blood for Anushka went viral. Among many who saw the post was a resident of Nashik who has the same blood group. He got in touch with a hospital in Mumbai and donated his blood, which was airlifted and taken to Kochi.
Anushka is now getting ready for the next phase of the surgery. We wish her a speedy recovery.
A front-line health-care worker gets recognition
Even as the world waits for a vaccine to fight the coronavirus pandemic, front-line health-care workers have been fighting it out and saving lives. Among them is 59-year-old Kala Narayanasamy, an Indian-origin nurse who is working in Singapore and has now received the President’s Award for Nurses for her exemplary service during the pandemic. On Tuesday, Narayanasamy and four others were awarded a trophy, a certificate and 10,000 Singapore dollars (₹5.4 lakhs approximately) each.
Narayanasamy used the lessons she had learnt from the 2003 SARS outbreak to put in place the best practices to control the spread of the infection at the Yishun Community Hospital. “I will always tell our nurses who come and join us: ‘I think nursing will never fail to reward you’,” she told Channel News Asia, a Singapore-based news channel.