Gifting of human organs and tissues by deceased persons is a great act of humanitarian generosity and above all noble gesture. This noble gesture was recently was performed by one Muhammad Zahid and his family.
Zahid, 60 who was jobless and a patient of diabetes and end stage kidney disease. He was on maintenance dialysis for the past ten months. During his treatment he and his wife saw several patients who had come with chronic kidney failure but their transplantation could not be take place because of lack of family donors. Perturbed by the sad state of affair, he always used to say that he wanted to donate his organs and tissues after his death to others.
Mr. Zahid was further motivated by the recent selfless and altruistic donation of Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi’s corneas. He and his wife contacted SIUT’s for organ donation and filled the pledge form for deceased organ donation after which he was issued a donor card that he kept with him at all times. Mr. Zahid’s wife Raees Fatima, completely shared and endorsed her husband’s vision.
When the condition of Zahid worsened and he succumbed to his serious illness, she took the initiative to honour her deceased husband’s desire and requested for the retrieval of his organs and tissues after his death for transplantation to deserving patients
Muhammad Zahid’s corneas were implanted into two completely blind people. The first recipient was Mr. Arshad Ali, 42 years of age and a vegetable vendor, resident of Shah Faisal Colony, whereas the second recipient was Mr. Waleed Raza, 27 years from Quetta jobless due to his blindness. The surgeries were successful in restoring sight and vision - a life changing experience for both of them.
Mr. Zahid’s donation has left a noble legacy for others to emulate so that the suffering of our society could be minimized.