Girl ends life to donate
eyes to dad & kidney to brother
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12 year-old Indian girl Mumpy
Sarkar decided to kill herself in order to save her brotherís life who needed a
kidney transplant and her father an eye transplant, Keep reading to know the
rest of this heartbreaking yet tragic story below
By Ashis Poddar, TNN : NADIA: For
days, Mumpy would listen quietly as the elders discussed how only an eye surgery
could save her father's vision and a kidney transplant her brother's life. But
both surgeries were beyond the family's meagre means. So, Mumpy hit upon a plan,
which to her 12-year-old mind seemed the answer to all troubles. She would kill
herself, which would save the dowry, too, and her organs would give her loved
ones back their lives.
Mumpy did stick to her plan. But the suicide note in which she had scribbled
down her wishes was found the day after she was cremated.
The incident took place in Dhantala's Jhorpara on June 27. Her father's and
brother's ailments had left Mumpy Sarkar, a Class VI student, anxious. One of
the kidneys of her brother Monojit, a Class XI student, was damaged and the
other was getting weak. Father Mridul Sarkar, a daily wager, was also gradually
losing his eyesight.
"The family had approached the local MLA for help. We had decided to grant them
some money for the boy's treatment. But the tragedy happened all of a sudden,"
said Dhantala panchayat pradhan Tapas Tarafdar.
Mumpy had taken elder sister Monica, a Class VIII student, into confidence and
had urged her to commit suicide as well for the "cause". When Mumpy told Monica
about her plan on the morning of June 27, the latter laughed it off and left for
school. Their father was away at work and mother Rita had gone to fetch rice.
"Finding herself alone at home, Mumpy consumed Thiodan, a pesticide. Then, she
ran to meet her father, who was about half a kilometre away. She told him that
she had dreamt that someone had poured poison into her mouth and her stomach
ached. Her alarmed father took her to a local pharmacy immediately where she was
given some medicines. But her condition worsened soon and she had to be rushed
to the local Baranberia hospital. From there, she was referred to Anulia
hospital. But the doctors declared her brought dead," Tarafdar said.
It was only the day after her cremation that Mumpy's father found a note on her
bed. Addressed to her mother, the girl requested her to make use of her eyes and
kidney for the treatment of her father and brother. This left the aggrieved
family inconsolable. "We were too late in understanding the feelings of a very
sensitive child," Mridul wept. Mumpy's mother has gone into shock.