Inspirations: Shabir Hussain Khan, 45

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Blood Brothers

Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

By Riyaz Wani

Shabir Hussain Khan
Shabir Hussain Khan, Photo: Faisal Khan

When a massive cloudburst devastated Ladakh in August last year, an injured boy was brought to the faraway Sher-i- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, struggling for life and desperately in need of four pints of blood. With two associates, Shabir Hussain Khan rushed to the hospital to donate three pints. This was not the only time Khan had donated blood. Over 30 years, a number of people have benefited from his altruism. He has donated for earthquake victims in Kashmir and even for tsunami victims in south India. Khan made his first donation at a medical camp in 1980, when he was just 15 years old. What started out as a “pure sense of curiosity” soon became his life’s mission. By 1 October, Blood Donation Day, Khan had donated 130 pints of blood. On that occasion, J&K Health Minister Sham Lal awarded him with a trophy and a certificate for the achievement. A papier-mache artisan from the Kadi Kadal locality of Srinagar, with a meagre monthly income of Rs 7,000, Khan wouldn’t dream of accepting money for his donation. “I do it in the name of God. He alone will compensate me,” he says. “It is for my afterlife.”

Khan can be contacted at +91 99067 96451


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