On Friday, a kidney transplant patient brought sweets for a doctor in Jehangir Hospital, who performed the transplant on him. After fighting with the disease, he was elected as a member of the panchayat named Wadgaon Shinde, in Pune, and will soon take oath as deputy Sarpanch.
The 46-year-old Yuvraj Kakade lives a busy life even after a decade post his transplant.
It was a routine follow-up, but Kakade arrived with sweets for the entire staff of the Hospital.
When he met transplant co-ordinator Vrinda Pusalkar, he cheekily asked, “Ma’am, did you recognize me?” Vrinda did and said, “How will I forget you?”
Kakade had come to share the news that he had become the deputy sarpanch in the panchayat of Wadgaon Shinde. With a population of 3,000 people – this farmer has found more than his share of energy to do his work.
For Vrinda, it was tough to forget a patient like him. “He is a positive patient, and that is why I could not forget him. I told him to go and do his regular work post-surgery, and he said, he has already started.”
Operated in 2008, where his brother donated his kidney, Kakade was amongst the early cases at the hospital. “For us, it’s always a pleasure to see patients like him, who enjoy a good quality life because they are following doctor’s instructions,” says Vrinda.
“After kidney failure, I was on dialysis for around five years. My brother gave me his one kidney, and after which I could live a healthy life. I like politics, but my health issues did not allow me to get actively involved in it. Post-transplant, I became active in politics. I wanted to thank the hospital staff and doctor for giving me a healthy life again. More the people donate their organs more will be the people getting a second chance to live a healthy life,” said Kakade.