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‘Kanhu is God to me’, says Odisha kidney recipient


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Brahmapur, Jun 12:

“Kanhu is God to me. I have got a new lease of life because of him. My mother has adopted him as her son and he will always remain my brother. I am indebted to him,” said Mahendra Patnaik, the receiver of kidney transplantation, from Odisha’s Brahmapur town.

Kanhu Behera
Kanhu Behera

Mahendra was at his Gandhi Nagar residence here on Thursday to meet his mother and left for routine health check up in Bhubaneswar later in the afternoon.

The eyes of Mahendra’s mother, Kusum Patnaik, welled up after seeing him after some time.

During his short stay, media persons dropped at his house and put several questions regarding the much-talked-about kidney sale case.

“I had never thought that I would get a new life. Kanhu has donated his kidney with his consent and he would be my brother the rest of my life. My mother has adopted him. Moreover, his surname has been changed to Patnaik through an affidavit. He is now Kanhu Patnaik from Kanhu Behera,” Patnaik said.

Refuting the alleged of alleged kidney sale, Mahendra said: “Initially Kanhu’s father, Barun, had agreed to donate kidney. However, his organ was incompatible with me. So Kanhu came forward voluntarily to donate his kidney. As I was battling with life, I accepted Kanhu’s proposal. Both the families agreed to this after which my mother accepted Kanhu as her adopted son.”

The family has taken money in instalments on various occasions of which we have no records. Post Kanhu’s operation in the island nation in the first week of April, the family was given Rs 3.5 lakh, he added.

Notably, Kanhu underwent an operation for organ transplantation at Candy in Sri Lanka on March 24.

He further maintained that there is no illegality involved in the transplantation and he is elated to have got a new life.

The youth was first taken to Phulbani, then Bramhapur and finally Bhubaneswar by road from where he was taken to Chennai by train. In Chennai, he boarded a flight to Sri Lanka where his kidney was transplanted in the hospital.

After the transplant, Kanhu was brought to Brahmpur and kept in the house of Mahendra Patnaik for some days for recuperation before being sent back to his rented house at Phulbani.