India and Pakistan may not be able to see eye to eye but this incident will surely serve a reminder to the two nations of the narrows grounds on which they continue to villify each other. Riaz Mohammed a 54-year old Pakistani will go back to his country with the heart of an Indian.
Narrating the turn of events, Haseena Riaz, the patient"s elder daughter is quoted by the New Indian Express as saying, “We had searched all around the world, before we found Dr Cherian"s Heart Foundation on the Internet."
According to Dr Prakash Hiremath, the transplant surgeon, Riaz with a a history of heart trouble was in “a terminally critical state when he arrived here on June 23." But the Pakistani's wife and children, despite being well aware of the remote possibilities of finding heart for him decided to fly him to Chennai.
Dr K M Cherian is quoted by the TNIE as saying, “We registered him (Riaz) with the Tamil Nadu Network for Organ Sharing, but we are required to give preference to an Indian national from the city, and then region."
There was the heart of Balaji (32), whose family following his death had donated his organs, but there were three others on the list and as per rules they were to be given first priority. But as luck would have had it Riaz and Balaji shared a perfect match and after minor delays the transplant was carried out at Frontline Hospital on July 10.
On Riaz's condition, Dr Hiremath has been quoted as saying, “He is recovering well and may be discharged within 15 days." Riaz's family too are feeling at home with the love they have got here and his daughter Haseena has been quoted as saying, “Everyone asks us if there is any animosity, but honestly we have only been showered with attention and kindness here."
Riaz on his part could mutter a lone sentence in Urdu, “Thank you India...thank you."