We recently stumbled over a heart-touching story of a son standing for his father during the most crucial time. This son proved how his family is everything to him, even more than his own life. As per the post by Humans Of Bombay, when a father lost his liver due to sudden liver failure, the doctor told the family that he had only 6 months to live if there is no donor available. But, how this son stepped up and saved his father’s life would touch your heart and leave you inspired!
While sharing the details of his father’s illness, he told HoB:
“When Papa was diagnosed with liver failure, I was shocked! He never smoked or drank. And when the doctor said, ‘Without a donor, he has 6 months to live’ I felt helpless. Papa told me, ‘I don’t want to die. I want to see you graduate!’ Our home became morose. And during that time, the 2nd COVID wave hit; I got the virus! While isolating, I’d cry, ’I’m not there for Dad when he needs me!’ To keep Papa positive, I’d video call him & let him beat me in Ludo. We’d reassure each other that we’ll get through this.
While the son recovered from COVID, his father got the virus:
“But after I recovered, Papa got the virus! He was rushed to the hospital regularly so I’d sit beside him & study for my exams. I couldn’t bear to see Dad suffer anymore! So I told my family, ‘I’m going to save him. I’ll donate my liver!’”
Even though the son was a match, but his father was sad because he was scared for his son’s health:
“Fortunately, I was a match, but I had a fatty liver. I had to donate 65% of my liver for him. So I exercised & ate properly. After several tests, I was told I was healthy for surgery! I was relieved but Papa sobbed!
He told me, ‘What if you develop complications? I won’t forgive myself!’ But I told him, ‘Your battle is mine. We’re not going to lose!’
We used our savings worth Rs. 20 lakh for the surgery. Maa would cry, ‘My lifelines are going into surgery!’ Knowing we could possibly lose our lives made Papa & I anxious. But Papa would joke, ‘I’ll beat you in Ludo when this is over!’ His positivity helped me concentrate & I passed my exams! And 2 days before our surgery, I graduated! Papa said, ‘I was scared I wouldn’t see this day. You’ve made me the happiest Dad in the world!’ We had only one more test to pass & I prayed for the surgery to go smoothly.
When I woke up after my surgery, the doctor smiled at me & said, ‘You’ve saved your Papa!’ I cried happy tears.
When Papa and I saw each other’s scars, he said, ‘We fought this battle together & won!’ The tension we felt for months had evaporated! And in fact, the journey to recovery was fun! We learnt how to operate our wheelchairs together & spent time playing Ludo. Today, we’re both fit. If this experience has taught us anything, it’s that life is uncertain & that family is everything… except if it’s a game of Ludo; then it’s all about winning!”
We hope this heart-touching story would have brought a smile on your face as it brought to ours. At IFORHER, we wish both son and father healthy and speedy recovery!