‘He’ travelled 2,000 kilometres to save ‘her’ life

Poonam Sharma, a young would-be mother from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, has a rare blood group - The Bombay Blood Group. Poonam was in the hospital, and her only chance of survival was if she gets the blood in time. That is when two blood donors from Maharashtra travelled all to way to Agra and saved her life

POSHAN Abhiyaan (National Nutrition Mission) was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 8thMarch, 2018 in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. The programme through use of technology, targeted approach and convergence strives to reduce the level of Stunting, Under-nutrition, Anemia and Low Birth Weight in Children, as also, focus on Adolescent Girls, Pregnant Women & Lactating Mothers, thus holistically addressing malnutrition. By synergising frontline functionaries and volunteers like, DAY-NRLM Self help groups,ANMs,Co-operatives, Swasth Bharat Preraks etc., the Ministry is planning to reach 11 crore people and thereby convert the mission into Jan Andolan The Seminar will witness the presence of Ministers, top policy makers of Government of India and States/UTs, participants from multilateral partner institutions like UNICEF, World Bank, WHO, WFP etc, the partners of MWCD – Tata Trust, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) etc, Philanthropic Private Sectors (viz CSR) and Civil Society Organizations. Moreover, leading experts from a range of fields will be present to lead panel discussions and share insights on addressing avenues of cooperation and partnerships for technology support. The WCD Minister Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi and Minister of State for WCD, Dr. Virendra Kumar will be present in the Seminar. Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog will inaugurate the Seminar and launch the Jan Andolan Guidelines of POSHAN Abhiyaan. Secretaries of convergent Central Ministries will also be present during the course of the day-long seminar to discuss technology and also share an overview about POSHAN Abhiyaan. Seminar will also be attended by the Secretaries of State WCD/Social Justice Department, Director in-charge of ICDS/POSHAN Abhiyaan and nodal officer of the States/UTs. An exhibition will also be organised showcasing the technology and other materials of POSHAN Abhiyaan in the gallery of Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra. Approximately 300 participants are expected to grace the Seminar.

Poonam Sharma, a would-be mother from Agra, Uttar Pradesh was very critical. She had become very weak, and her haemoglobin levels had dropped down to as low as three counts. She was eight months pregnant. And, the only chance of her survival was to infuse blood into her body.

But, the question in front of her family and the doctors were, How to arrange the blood and from where? Poonam has a rare blood group which is the Bombay blood group.

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The doctors treating her were helpless. The family had contacted several blood banks, but their efforts went in vain. That is when her family decided to take help of social media. A message was passed on different social media platforms, and a few blood donors were available. But, no one came forward to help her.

On June 23, Vikram Yadav, who hails from Sangli, Maharashtra and happens to have a rare Bombay blood group, saw the message. Vikram immediately swung into action.

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While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Vikram said, “I tried to connect with those having Bombay Blood Group. I, also, tried in various states like Maharashtra, Delhi, U.P., and others. But, could not get any donor. Then I decided to go there myself. With my friend, I travelled over 2,000 kilometres from Sangli to Agra and donated blood.”

Vikram further added, “During the journey, I was worried that whether I would I reach there in time or not? But, we managed to reach there just in time. We donated two units of blood to her. I am very happy and satisfied today. There is no satisfaction like saving a life.”

Sagar Pandit, of Delhi blood help centre, said, “Her condition was critical. Her body and eyes were swollen. Vikram and Ravindra reached just in time. We could save the life of the expectant mother and her child.”