She had got diabetes at a very early age. She has lost her vision before her kidneys in her early struggle with diabetes.
Life presents disasters in various colors.
– Your eyes are gone, it is just not enough, we need to take your kidneys too.
– Please let me keep my kidneys at least.
– No way, you ought to give your kidneys too.
– Can’t I keep them, please?
– Don’t push it, my dear, just give me your kidneys.
– Well then.
Only voices were left for her. She never saw the thickness of the catheter inserted into her neck or the dialysis probes inserted into her arm, nor did she ever see the dialysis machine. She only heard their voices and felt the pain. Again, a life is spared when another one is terminated.
They called from the National Coordination Center. They have received a donated kidney, suiting our patient as if it was from her twin sister. They were to summon the patient to the hospital immediately. They were to transplant the kidney if everything was in order.
A person who has clutched onto the life only by voices receives a phone call and a voice tells her that a donated kidney will be transplanted to her. She has had heard many voices through all these years. But this voice she likes the best. She arrives at the hospital as soon as possible. Tests and examinations are made and then she is taken into surgery. The kidney gets transplanted without any problems and starts to function immediately.
It functioned, but the patient was accustomed to challenges, nothing has ever been nice and smooth in her life. Her body exhausted by diabetes was giving her a hard time. She survived many crises, encountered some serious health problems. The members of the transplantation team never lost their faith even during the worst times. It never crossed their minds that the transplanted kidney might fail.
The kidney didn’t think of failing either. It felt offended from time to time, got angry at some point, but then started to function properly, making us believe that it was all a bad joke.
I finally discharged my patient from the hospital. But wouldn’t you miss a patient who would recognize you from your voice every time you walked into her room and said, “I see you are very handsome today”, adding joy and smiles to your voice?
She was at the outpatient clinic today. She was sitting in the chair right beside the door of my room, adding the same joy and smile to my voice.
Now here, try this, it is addictive too.