दशैँको टिकाको एउटा कष्टकर रात

-भुपेन्द्र काफ्ले |

“ हेल्लो ! युथ फर ब्लड । ”

 “सर,म लाईफलाईन अस्पताल, दमकबाट बोल्दैछु । मलाई ’ए नेगेटिभ’ रगत चाहीएको छ ।”

“ए नेगेटिभ’ रगत भन्नुभयो, त्यो पनि यत्ति राति । पाउन त समस्या हुन्छ त । के भएको बिरामीलाई ?”

“ प्रेग्नेन्सी  हो सर, कतै पाइएन । हजुरहरु नै अन्तिम विकल्प हुनुभयो सर । कसैगरी सहयोग गर्नु पर्यो ।”

 “त्यहाँ ब्लड बैङ्कमा फोन दिनुस त ।”

 “हजुर भाई ?”

“ सिस्टर त्यहा ’ए नेगेटिभ’ चाहिएको रहेछ, कत्तिको क्रिटिकल छ ?“

“भाई म भित्र पठाइदिन्छु उतै बुझ्नुस न है।”

यति भनिसक्दा फेसबुक म्यासेन्जर खोलेर युथ फर ब्लड झापाको च्याट ग्रुपमा खबर गरिसकेको थिएँ । त्यहाँ बिट्टु चेम्जोङ्ग सरको रिप्लाइ आयो । विरामीको अवस्था चिन्ताजनक छ भनेर म्यासेज गरेँ । त्यति समयमा पुनः फोन आयो, त्यहा फिमेल वार्डवाट सिस्टर बोल्दै हुनुहुन्थ्यो ।

“भाई, अवस्था खराब छ । रिफर गर्न पनि खतरा छ । हिजोको डेट थियो, आज मात्र एड्मिट भयो । हेमोग्लोबिन ८ पोइन्ट मात्र छ । रगत आधा घण्टामा जुटाउनुस ।”

उहाँले एक्कै सासमा यति भनिसक्दा मेरो ओठ सुकिसकेको थियो किनकी अघिल्लो शनिबार ’ए नेगेटिभ’ रगत नपाउदा एउटा ज्यान गोबिन्दराज कट्टेल सरको आकस्मिक रक्तदान गराएर बचाएका थियौँ । सोही बिरामीलाई लगातार रगत उपलब्ध गराउदै गर्दा लगभग सबै रक्तदाता सकिएका थिए । हुन त असोजको सुरुबाट नै नेगेटिभ रगतका रक्तदाताको अभाब थियो । अब बिकल्प खोज्नु थियो । त्यो भन्दा पनि ठुलो कुरा त म अस्पताल पुग्नु थियो । जसले बिरामीको आफन्तलाई ठुलो आड हुन्थ्यो । उता बिट्टु सरलाई कल गरेर म घरबाट निस्किएँ । अर्को तिर राजेस कार्की सरलाई फोन गरेर सबै रजिस्टरका नम्बरमा कल गर्न भनेँ । यस्तै अवस्था चाड पर्वमा आउछ भनेर रक्तदाता नामावलीको रजिस्टर राजेस सरलाई दिएको थिएँ, उता बिट्टु सरले पनि ठुलो भरोसा दिलाएर भन्नु भएको थियो कि हामी मिलेर समस्या सामना गर्नुपर्छ । घरबाट बाहिर निस्किएपछी मात्र सम्झिएँ कि बाटोमा प्रहरीले शंका गर्न सक्छ, बरु स्वयमसेवक परिचय पत्र बोक्नु पर्छ । सोही कुरा बिट्टु सरलाई पनि सम्झाएँ । दमक चोक पुग्दा छेउमा नै टल्किएको डिजिटल बोर्डको घडिले रातको ११ः२६ को जनाउ दिदै थियो, तापक्रम २० डिग्री सेल्सीयस । शरिरमा दिउसो लगाएको लुगामा नै थिए, मनको ढुकढुकीले नसा छेड्न खोज्दैथियो । बाटोमा बिट्टु सर भेटीएपछी फोन ट्राई गर्दै गयाँै । सबै प्राय नम्बर बन्द थिए, नगन्य उठेका नम्बरमा औसधी सेवन र समय नपुगेको खबर आउदै थियो । अस्पताल पुग्दा सम्म कुनै समाधान नपाएपछी गौरब राई सर संग सम्पर्क गर्याँै, त्यसपछी मिनेस सापकोटा, सन्तोस अधिकारी, विकास सापकोटा साथै अन्य । या त कोही रक्तदाता उपलब्ध नभएका खबर आउथे वा फोन अफ । बिरामीको आफन्त चिन्तित थिए, नर्सहरु रगतका लागी दवाव दिदै थिए । कुनै पनि विकल्प बाँकि रहेनन् । लाग्यो, बिरानगर सम्पर्क किन नगर्ने ? सबिन दाहाल सरसंग सम्पर्क भयो, सहयोग गर्न प्रयास गर्ने बताउनु भयो । फेरी प्रयास गरे मेचीनगरमा रबिन चापागाई सरलाई । उहाले पनि उपलब्ध नभएको बताउनु भयो । त्यतिन्जेल बिट्टु सर आफ्नो र अफिसियल दुबै नम्बरबाट सम्पर्क गर्दै हुनुहुन्थ्यो भने राजेस सर र गौरब सरले नम्बर लगातार पठाउदै हुनुहुन्थ्यो तर सबै प्रयास ब्यर्थ हुँदै थिए । सायद रातको १२ः४०;बाट फोन गर्नुभयो र मनोज थापा नाम गरेका एकजना रक्तदाता भेटिएको खबर दिनुभयो। बल्ल केही राहत महसुस भयो तर रक्तदातालाई दमक ल्याउने कसरी भन्ने अर्को समस्या थपियो । मिनेस सरले नै मोटरसाइकलको व्यवस्था मिलाएर रक्तदातालाई दमकसम्म ल्याएपु¥याइयो र रातको करीब १ः३० बजे मनोज थापा सरको रक्तदान भयो ।  रक्तदान पश्चात हामीले विरामीको श्रीमान्सँग विदा माग्यौ र धन्यवाद लिएर घर फर्कियौँ । निद्रा मजाले लागेन किनकी विरामीको अवस्था एकदमै जोखिमपूर्ण थियो र शल्यक्रिया पछि पनि रगत आवश्यक पर्न सक्ने उतिकै सम्भावना । विरामीको सफल सल्यक्रियाको कामना गर्दै अन्य रक्तदाता खोज्न विहान प्रयास गर्ने विचारले सुतँे ।  विहान ९ः४० तिर विरामीको श्रीमान्ले सल्यक्रिया सफल भएर आँफू छोरीको बुवा भएको जानकारी दिदै थप रगत आवश्यक पर्ने सम्भावना तत्कालकोलागि नरहेको जानकारी दिनुभयो । र युथ फर ब्लड झापालाई धेरै धन्यवाद दिदै आवश्यक परेको खण्डमा आफ्नो बी पोजेटिभ रगत दिन जुनसुकै समयमा पनि तयार रहेको कुरा गर्नुभयो । मैले पनि उहाँलाई बधाई दिएँ साथै बी पोजेटिभ रगत आवश्यक परेमा सम्झने कुरा बताएँ ।

लेखक युथ फर ब्लड झापाका महासचिब हुन् |

WALKING ON DREAMS

 

 

Bittu Chemjong Vice president (YFB JHAPA) chemjong.bittu@gmail.com

It was late 1 AM at night. My ringing cell phone woke me up from the slumber. I replied unaware of the caller. It was a call for Youth For Blood Jhapa and was for immediate need for B-VE blood for a woman. Abide my duty; I had to check in if I had any donors with the required blood group in our data base. I was not surprised not to find any available donors as it is always difficult to find the negative blood group and more when it is midnight. By now, I was already in rush and panicking if I could really manage blood for her. I had very few options and little hope. I had to call my fellow group members for if they had any donors available in their contacts, amidst this rush, I was lucky enough to find a man of big heart from Urlabari and he had no any means to get into the hospital. A patient relative managed ambulance and we were off in a flash to receive the donor. By then, it was already 3 AM. Following this short phase of obstacles and hurdles, we were successful saving a life. There are many hidden stories behind this life saving campaign.

Our cell phone continuously rings whenever someone is in needs of fresh blood and whenever there are no stock blood left in the Red Cross Society. Likewise, it was winter morning and our cell phone was ringing for another fresh blood donation. Soon, I received the call I was in a rush for seeking the respective blood donors. It was AB+ve for a man injured in an accident. He was admitted in the hospital and was in a crucial stage between life and Death. Regarding the blood he needed, I called my near friends but, unfortunately some of them were out of the city and some had already donated. I was worried as the man had very less time left for surgery. I didn’t leave a single chance to find the blood but, my effort was not hard enough for managing the blood. Suddenly, I remembered one man, who had contacted us few days back. He was interested to donate his AB+ve blood whenever there is any urgent need for the same blood group. After making every possible effort we somehow managed to save a life. Same day we got another call from the patient’s relative. He was so much desperate that he was not even able to interpret the situation he was going through. He was in urgent need of A-ve blood for his pregnant wife admitted in the hospital. We were off to facilitate another fresh blood donation. But, we were quite surprised by the patient’s story. It was unfamiliar experience for all of us. The Patient was in urgent need of A-ve blood because of complication in her pregnancy. Her husband was in miserable state, he was begging everyone for the blood. Only hope he had at that moment was Youth for Blood Jhapa. We asked him whether his family member had same blood group (A-ve) or not. Later, we found out that his sister has same blood group. But, she was denying donating her blood. We tried our best to convince her but, she was not ready. Reason behind her denial was quite shocking. Her brother marriage was against their religion, every family member had boycotted her brother from their family because he had married a girl from another religion. We were speechless. It was very difficult to see such superstitious in this current age and even more when elder sister was not interested to donate her blood to her sister in law only because she was from another religion. Patient was in urgent need of blood, as time was running out for her surgery. Our team started calling ready donors. We had now taken the responsibility of the patient as blood facilitator and as a family member. We made every best possible move to find the blood. After having a surge of anxiety we found one donor, he was like a god for us and for the patient too. That moment was full of ecstasy for both patient and for us. We felt so much fortunate to save her life and to give the patient and her baby a bracing life and yes, again we got another successful story of saving a life and trust me there is no pleasure in this world above this noble deed.

We (Youth For Blood Jhapa) have been through similar situation on the daily routine base. Many supportive hands (Volunteers) work together to save lives. With the inflated selfishness every volunteer contribute to aid the needy people with fresh blood at right instant. Every day, every week and every month we Youth For Blood Jhapa prepare ourselves to face such critical events and to live our dreams. Dreams of accessing the blood donors in need, not only for the region but for the entire nation and make a blood scarcity free nation.

Three years back we commenced our journey “Youth For Blood Jhapa”, Initially we were limited and so were our source. But, the only ample thing we had was the hope, trust, unity and vision. Different plans and ideas were coming into implementation to make our organization more effective. People were not aware about the aims and objectives behind the establishment of such noble cause that we had in our mind. History always suggested the dismal condition of blood insufficiency in our region. Hospitals and health staffs had to channelize the message of blood scarcity for so long that the patient in need further deteriorated the declining health state. We were compelled to ponder over the ongoing condition of blood insufficiency. Concerned about these situations, we decided to establish Youth For Blood in Jhapa as “Youth For Blood Jhapa”. Youth for Blood Biratnagar, the initiator of this organization had supported us to commence the organization. They were the only inspiration and the source of motivation that we had in our early days.

It all started with a cell phone (ph 9817976211) and a few helping hands. Nevertheless, our tiny ray of hope, hard work and dedication was always with us and we were more than ready and that was all we needed. Since, day one our work started to save lives. It was not easy when we began our journey. We were short of youths (Volunteers) and finance too. A cell phone was never enough to bring our journey to reach the people and get in touch with them. The only aim of that cell phone was to aid with fresh blood for the needy ones.

It seemed to work. Infact, we were already in course of achievement and success. Our team started getting all it aimed for. Whenever there was scarcity of blood in Red Cross and whenever people lacked fresh blood, they started calling us. That silent cell phone was ringing louder than ever before. Along with rapidly increasing phone calls, volunteers were alert in searching for fresh blood either from their close contacts or from other best possible sources. Our volunteers always gave and are still giving their best to fulfill needs at right instant. Different programmes are being launched such as (Blood Donation Awareness campaign, College Awareness Campaign, Street Awareness Campaign and Volunteer Leadership Training). It was quite effective to set an introductory example for the people and well-established organizations. In no time our journey intrigues many youths from different colleges and localities. It started growing bigger and bigger. As the days passed by, other supportive hands emerged to assist us.

We are well-aware that every organization needs financial support to move on and to run its programmes. All organizations have their fund collected either from donation or from any other possible sources. But, we are unalike from others in running our organization. We neither spread hands for charity nor donations to sustain our organization. Volunteers save money from their daily basics and expenses, with this we have managed to run our organization. Despite the satisfactory financial conditions we are still active enough with our activities and determination to serve the needy ones.

To date we have donated 2200+ pint bloods and save 3000+ lives and this number is increasing day by day and aimed to donate 200000 pint blood bt 2020. We are no more bounded to the limited area. We are now in Biratnagar, Itahari, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Lumbini, Chitwan and Jhapa as well and aimed to spread in 30 districts of Nepal by 2020. We have five major Slogans that we work on i.e.

  • Fresh Blood Donation
  • Youth empowerment
  • Advocacy on Blood irregularity
  • Blood Awareness and
  • Social Volunteering.

Every year we conduct Volunteer Leadership Training for all the students aiming to develop leadership in them and to build speaking too. We also conduct college Awareness Campaign and Community Awareness Campaign, in all the colleges to aware students and to inspire people in community to donate blood respectively.

For us it was just like a fantasy to establish Youth For Blood Jhapa, when we were just starting. But, it was not less than a miracle witnessing the transformation of this fantasy into a living truth. And it was all possible because of the youths who joined their hands and walked side by side to make this organization worth of what it is today.  We faced many challenges and obstacles and are still in a same course that compelled us to think, how far can we lead ourselves from here. We, take pride for where we stand today looking back to where we started from. They say “Where there is a will, there is a way”. We set an example of this saying. Now, we are stronger than before and have hundreds of hands and thousands of well-wishers who give us reason to work and strength to move forward. Every volunteer is giving their best for this noble cause. We are well aware that such journey never ends up at the certain point; it should keep on moving and growing every moment. We youths being nation’s pillar it’s our prime duty and responsibility to bring healthy changes, and life saving phenomenon is not a bad procedure.

                             

                             We are still on the way to our living Dreams.

                                     Dreams of Blood Scarcity free Nation.

                                                  Together we stand

                                                Youth For Blood Jhapa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bittu Chemjong Limbu
Vice president (YFB JHAPA)
Continue reading “WALKING ON DREAMS”

A Living Fighter

Gaurav Tmadan pradhan donating to gaurabh thakurhakur is an 8 year child suffering from Thalassemia. He is a resident of Zurkiya, Morang. Since 2011, i.e., our establishment we have been facilitating him 2 pints of AB+ve blood every month. He and his family have been very familiar with us. We are like a same family. His mom contacts us whenever the child needs. Gaurav recognizes our volunteers as soon as he sees them. One night at around 3 a.m., his mom called us to manage the blood immediately. Later, Saroj Karki, YFB Founder, donated him the blood.

Saving A Week Old Child

Bhanu Guragain, a resident of Biratnagar, admitted his one week old son to Dharan based BPKIHS hospital. The child was suffering from Jaundice and one pint of B-ve blood was required urgently. There was no blood of this group at Dharan based blood bank’s, so later his family contacted us to manage. We did find a donor named Yuvraj Acharya, who was and is a regular blood donor and an volunteer of YFB. Later on, he along with other 3 volunteers of YFB went to Dharan and facilitated the blood to the baby. As a result, the child survived.

Journey To Save A Life

A child of two month was brought to Dharan based BPKIHS hospital from Saptari. He was suffering from Jaundice and was in need of AB+ve blood. His parents tried to manage the blood at Dharan based blood bank’s but unfortunately couldn’t. This was a time when we were only limited to Biratnagar. In search of blood, the child’s relatives came to Biratnagar and contacted us at around 6 in the noon.
We did facilitate the blood on the same day. But there came another obstacle. It was about 9p.m. and the baby’s family neither had a vehicle to take the blood back to Dharan nor there was any public buses running to Dharan. Realizing the seriousness and sensitivity of the moment, our volunteers Saroj Karki, Bijay Mandal, Muskan Katwal escorted the blood to Dharan on their motorbikes. And as hoped the child recovered.

Demise Of A Daughter

Shriti Rai was a 7 years old girl residing nearby Janakpur. Just 5 days before her birthday, she unfortunately met an accident. Soon she was brought to Biratnagar and admitted to Neuro hospital. She was in need of AB+ve blood urgently and his father made a call to us to arrange the blood. Luckily one of our volunteer Madan Krishna Pradhan belonged to the same blood group and he agreed to donate blood. We facilitated the blood on the same day. As her condition was very critical, she didn’t survive. Later we were informed about the incident. Continue reading “Demise Of A Daughter”

A Four Days Child Who Couldn’t Survive

A newly born infant of four days was admitted to Nobel Medical Hospital of Biratnagar. The infant was suffering from jaundice and his blood group was AB-ve. One day at around 4p.m., we were informed that the child was in need of AB-ve blood. It was someday in 2011. As soon as we got the call, we made several attempts to find a donor but all efforts were in vain. Many AB-ve blood donors ignored citing some stupid excuses. Continue reading “A Four Days Child Who Couldn’t Survive”

Precious Three Months

Jay Narayan Rajbanshi, a middle aged man of 40 years, was a resident of Biratnagar, Nepal. He was suffering from blood cancer in 2011 and was admitted to Koshi Zonal Hospital of Biratnagar. His blood group was A+ve and was in need of blood every month. Someone from his family came to know about us and later contacted us. This was the beginning days of our organization. In the duration of 3 months, we had facilitated 12 pints of A+ve blood to him. But unfortunately, he couldn’t recover and later passed away. In those 3 months, we came very close to his family and vice-versa. We were like a family. Sooner after his demise, we got about informed. As we were emotionally attached, we went to the graveyard in his funeral ceremony. Along with his family, we too were in deep shock. Continue reading “Precious Three Months”

Saving Sandesh Palungwa (Success Story)

bhim dai donation for Sandesh PalungwaSandesh Palungwa,17, from Doku-8, Taplejung, was admitted to Nobel Medical College,Biratnagar after laid down by white looking disease. Doctor declared that he is suffering from anemia and need one pint urgent fresh B+ve blood for the treatment. They went to one of the blood bank branch located in that hospital but unfortunately couldn’t found that group of blood. And neither the staff there recommend them to go to blood bank located three km far from there. Nor they found any blood donor who was ready to donate for them.
As the situation became worsen his mother, Sushma Limbhu decided to take him back to home without getting cured, hoping that at least he could take his last breath at home.
That evening, They left Biratnagar and stayed at hotel Atithi, Itahari. Fortunately, the hotel owner Mr. Arjun Basnet were aware of our work, got our no from our Facebook page, called us and asked whether we could search that blood group or not? Our answer was yes and the next morning he sent them back to Biratnagar again.
Next day, our regular donor and Journalist(Kantipur daily) Bhim Prasad Ghimire, donated his blood and saved his life.