SRINAGAR: In 2016 summer when pellets rained over the protesters in valley, the sight of losing the sight was all over. The toll of blind was increasing every day when the merciless pellets continued to perch the eyeballs. The hospitals, streets, homes presented heart wrenching story.
The Southern parts of Kashmir were the worst hit. Deep down in the same geography was the man who was ready to lose vision happily. His eagerness to get blind had a different reason; he wanted to somebody else to see with his eye.
The man is Ali Mohammad Sofi, son of Abdul Sattar Sofi. Sofi, who is in his fifties, would cry every day while watching the gory visuals of pellet hit youth in the evening news.
Unable to bear I decided that I would donate my one eye, said Sofi, a labourer from Aanag-Nanil village of Kashmirs Islamabad district.
But everyone was surprised when he proved his words by publishing a public notice in a newspaper.
I want to inform that I want to donate my one eye to the person who has lost his vision due to the pellets, he notified in the newspaper.
I dont know if it is possible that because of me someone would get vision but I have no problem if only my one eye would retain vision for someone, Sofi said. I am doing it for humanity and for the will of Allah, he said, no one told me about this or inspired me.
Sofi has three children, two daughters, and a son, all married. His son works as a driver.
He published the notification in a newspaper in December 2016 and since then, he says, more than dozen people have contacted him. There are medical complications besides having a proper match.
Recently a person contacted me and now he is in contact with doctors. I hope doctors will agree and I would donate my eye, he says with satisfaction and a smile on his face beneath his beard.
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