By: Bhawani Negi
Madhu Sudan, a teacher by profession, has been imparting her most important lesson outside her classroom for the last three decades. She has been teaching people the virtue of universal brotherhood through blood donation. 53-year-old Madhu Sudan, in fact, is the only women in Shimla town to have donated blood more than 90 times. For her it is always now or never – always on her toes, an emergency call makes her rush to the hospital, no matter whether it’s day or night.
It all started with a visit to her ailing paternal aunt at PGIMER, Chandigarh. Madhu Sudan, then 18 years old, was moved by the plight of the 5-year-old impoverished child who was required to undergo surgery and needed blood urgently. It was a sudden urge to help which made her offer her blood without any afterthought. Since then she never looked back, and also makes it a point to celebrate her birthday by donating blood to the needy. She has made it a habit to donate blood after every three months.
“I am thankful to God that realization dawned on me early how important blood donation is, and since then I have stuck to it religiously,” says Madhu. She credits this noble gesture of her to the altruistic nature that was passed onto her by her parents.
Madhu has become an inspiration for the blood donation movement in the state capital. Her name figures prominently in the blood donors’ list at Indira Gandhi Medical College. She actively participates in various blood donation camps and motivates people to keep the torch alight. She has been honoured by various organizations and associations for her contribution in the field of blood donations, but that is hardly of any importance for her. She candidly recalls the first time she was honoured after she crossed 47 donations. “The acknowledgement made me will stronger to serve the society, but the cause is much greater than any reward.”
What makes her happy is that the number of people who donate blood in the town is constantly on the rise. “With the help of teams of blood bank doctors, it is not only regular blood donors but also many NGOs and other organizations that are holding camps regularly these days,” she says.
While she wants to continue with the humanitarian cause till her body allows it, she has already resolved to donate her body for the benefit of humanity.