“My father came from an underprivileged background & worked his way up, becoming the Asst. Commissioner of Police. He led a busy life, but always made time for us–he’d drop everything if I had the slightest fever or a PTA meeting. Growing up, I always saw him help others–sending donations to his school & money orders to the aged.
He was really fit, but one day he complained that he couldn’t taste the food properly. So we took him to the hospital–the doctor told us he only had a few months to live because of liver cirrhosis–I was shattered. There was no way I’d let that happen & signed up to become his liver donor.
When the doctors cleared me, I told him that I’d take care of him. That day, he had tears in his eyes! There was a 99% chance the surgery would fail but I was ready to give my all to make that 1% happen, if it meant that Dada could live again.
I donated 60% of my liver & his surgery went well. But after, I underwent 6 smaller surgeries. I had dietary restrictions & couldn’t go to office either, but they were really supportive. My life was on pause–but it was worth it, for Dada.
Over time, his body accepted my liver & his health improved–he’d spend time with us & visit his village. But 1 year in, the cirrhosis re-occurred. By then, I could donate a part of my liver again–I really wanted to do it, but the reality was that he didn’t have longer to live & we had to accept that. In his last months, we spent as much time together as we could.
Through it all, my wife was there for me. In fact, we were planning a baby too but for Dada, we kept it all on hold. Now, we’re expecting in August & can’t wait to welcome the newest member of the family!
When we were kids, dad always led by example. So every year, we celebrate his birthday by giving back–we visit old age homes, feed his village or donate to charities. Honestly, I’m excited to teach my kid the same values that dad taught us–that family is everything & that no matter what you do for them, there’ll always be room for more.”
HoB with @zeetv ’s new show #QurbaanHua brings to you stories of those who have gone above & beyond for their families, because for them sacrifice & love mean the same. - 58 minutes ago