Saving Lives: Man Donates 152 Pints of Blood in 37 Years

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SRINAGAR: When Shabir Hussain Khan donated a blood pint to cancer patient Habibullah of Salamabad Uri at SKIMS on 25th of March this year, it was his record 152nd turn to donate blood.

With rare O Negative blood group Shabir has been present whenever any one in life and death situation was seeking help.

A resident of Kamangarpora locality of Srinagar’s Shahr-e-Khas Shabir first donated a blood pint in 1980. He never hesitated afterwards.

Shabir told Kashmir Observer, that it all started when his friend Atif Ahmad, a footballer met with a tragic accident in Srinagar in 1980, “When doctors told his family to arrange O-negative blood as soon as possible I rushed to hospital and offered my blood. But unfortunately Atif passed away after some days. I was shell shocked. Atif’s death gave birth to new Shabir. I resolved to save more lives now,” said Shabir in his early fifties.

Shabir, a paper Mache artist by profession, said, conflict has left thousands of people injured in Kashmir, the hospitals here often go without  blood leading to avoidable deaths. “My motive of giving blood is that when ever any injuries happens blood should be available in all hospitals at any cost to avoid loss of lives,” he said.

“Fraction of seconds can make a difference to somebody’s life but people don’t understand these things,” he bemoans. “At times when patients are dying for want of blood or when there is an emergency, our hospitals go out hunting for blood as blood banks often are short of rare groups,” Khan said, adding that we in Kashmiri call it “naar wezi krure khanun” (digging well when the house is in flames), he added.

“During the summer uprising of 2016, I donated 3 pints of blood but the main concern was people in large were not coming out to donate blood for the needy, which is unfortunate,” Shabir said.

Inspired by selfless efforts of Shabir Hussain, 210 volunteers across Kashmir have joined him in to organise ‘Blood Donor Motivation Programs’, Blood Donation Camps and anti-drug campaign.

Like Shabir Khan there are so many unsung heroes in Kashmir whose work for humanity goes unnoticed and neither are they being encouraged for their work.

“It is unfortunate that state has not considered him for any award to encourage others to follow his path”, said Firdos Ahmad Dar, of Sumbal who has also donated blood at one of the camps organised by Shabir. “ onating blood 152 times means he has saved 152 lives, what a feat”, but such heroes do not figure in JK Bank Calendars as the real heroes here have always gone unnoticed,” said chief trustee of a charitable trust where Shabir regularly donates blood. Shabir says he is not vying for any award or benefit as he does not want to put a price tag on his blood.

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