A Mumbai police constable from the Local Arms Division-2 was reporting for his regular duty. That day change his entire perspective on life. Saving and protecting the lives of citizens has always been part of his work portfolio but this was a unique opportunity.
On 1 June 2020, Mumbai witnessed the Nisarg Cyclone. It created havoc and even blocked several forms of communication and transportation. At a time like this, besides chaos, Akash had another life to save.
“Working for strangers and assisting them is a part and parcel of this job. And that is what I like about it. But that one particular day was memorable because I could go beyond the scope of my job and help save the life of a child”.
This child was a young 14-year-old girl named Sana Fahim Khan. She was living with a terminal heart condition. Sana had to be admitted to the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai and had to undergo open-heart surgery that same day. Sana had a rare blood type A+. At that time most hospitals across the city were wrestling with a lack of resources, especially blood, due to the pandemic. But sourcing her blood type was a bigger challenge. The limit on transportation and communication caused by the cyclone made things even more difficult.
None of her family members could reach the hospital. Desperate to save their daughter’s life, her parents instead circulated a text message. They sent it among their acquaintances and on various social media platforms, seeking people to donate the rare A+ blood. This was their only hope to save Sana’s life. Fortunately, one of Akash’s friends got the text message. He knew that Akash had a rare blood type because he would often engage himself in numerous blood donation camps to help people.
“I was on duty at Tardeo when I heard her case. Then immediately I rushed to Hinduja Hospital to offer help.”
He donated two units of blood to help the girl. This brave act by our everyday hero Akash was the inspiration behind Uber’s latest campaign, showcasing stories of unstoppable Indians who have challenged the status quo.
He says that being born with a rare blood type allowed him to bear a sense of responsibility toward others and blood donation is his way of giving back to society. Sana is now a healthy 16-year-old about to complete her Class 10. Every year, during the Eid festival, Akash pays a visit to Sana to make sure she and her family are doing well.
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