Tuesday, 01 February 2011 00:00
Two years ago on my sister’s birthday (January 22), she donated her kidney to me. While she had laser surgery, I had regular surgery. I kept saying to myself, “I’m not afraid”, probably thousands of times. When we got wheeled into the operating room, all I could say was, “Oh my God!” When I heard the word “scalpel”, I knew I was in for it. When a nurse let me sniff the gas mask, I couldn’t tell if it smelled like cherries or chocolate. Three breaths into the gas mask and three “I’m not afraid” later, poof! I had fallen fast asleep.
When my eyes opened, the first words I said were, “What just happened?” And my surgeon, Dr. Kapur, said, “It’s over! You survived it!” And I was like, “Really? You mean I’m still here?” And I thanked God for it. I told my relatives everything and they were so proud of me. My sister went home on a Saturday and I went home two days later. Looking back on this life-saving experience, I feel so joyous physically, mentally and spiritually, and every day, I thank God for giving me this lifetime miracle, and I will cherish it for the rest of my life. I also am very thankful and grateful for my wonderful sister for her ultimate gift of donation and her love.