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A Pakistani with an Indian Heart from Chennai

Chennai, July 15 ( ) : India secularism is still alive .Many in India might think that Mumbai blasts had something to do with Pakistan but one person from Pakistan thinks India is great. 54-year-old Pakistan national Riaz Mohammed survived coz a Chennai man Balaji donated his heart. The family says they were showered with affection.

Blasts or no blasts Chennai continues to be a Mecca of peace despite many trying to rock it. Triplicane houses the Hindus Parthasarthy temple and the Big Mosque. Except for minor fissures during the Ganapathy idol immersion communal clashes has been in check, the communal harmony was evident once again.

With a history of heart trouble and having undergone a bypass surgery in 2003, Riaz was in “a terminally critical state when he arrived here on June 23,” reveals Dr Prakash Hiremath, the transplant surgeon. “We registered him 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,” said Dr KM Cherian of Dr Cherian’s Heart Foundation .

With three others on the list, Riaz seemed out of luck when the family of Balaji (32), offered his organs for donation after his demise at Global Hospital in Perambakkam on July 8. “He is recovering well and may be discharged within 15 days,” added Dr Hiremath. Riaz himself managed to raise himself up to say a sentence in Urdu, “Thank you India…thank you.” After minor delays, they were given the go-ahead and the transplant was carried out at Frontline Hospital on July 10.

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