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Indian Muslim man breaks fast to donate blood to Hindu patient

The patient was in dire need of O-positive blood but could not find any donor.

A Muslim man from India’s Assam broke his fast so he could donate blood and help a patient in distress. Panaulla Ahmad, 26, did not think twice when he came to know a man was in dire need of O-positive blood but could not find any donor, Indian Express reported. 

Both Ahmad and his roommate, Tapash Bhagawati work at a super specialty hospital in Guwahati, Assam. Bhagawati, who is part of Team Humanity – an organisation that links blood donors to patients, told Ahmad how he was unable to find blood donors for a patient.

Ahmad, whose timely help saved a man’s life, said, “Roza is a religious belief we choose to follow. My decision came with the realisation that I could always do Roza the next day, but today was the only chance I had to save a person. So I chose to save him.” While Bhagawati revealed that in spite of rigorous search and online appeals, he could not find a donor for a man named Rajan Gogoi who was admitted at another hospital.

“I got a call requesting blood. The next morning, I couldn’t find any donors – as I was making numerous calls, my roommate Panaullah walked in. Since he was observing Roza, I naturally did not ask him,” Bhagawati said.

A picture of Ahmad donating blood to Gogoi was posted on Facebook and quickly went viral. “I am very proud to have a friend like Panaullah. He chose humanity over religion,” Bhagawati added.

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