In a rare yet kind gesture, a transgender donated blood to a young college student in the Temple City on Tuesday. Anushiya Sri (23) a resident of Vilakku Thoon here, voluntarily donated O+ blood for an orthopedic surgery on Sandhiya (name changed) a college student, at the Government Rajaji Hospital. The girl from Theni had sustained an injury in her right hand.
An elated Anushiya told Express that she was happy that the girl and her parents agreed to the transfusion.
“I was looking after my friend, a transgender, in the hospital, when I got to know about Sandhiya’s plight. When I expressed my desire to donate blood, Sandhiya and her parents readily agreed,” Anushiya said. She also wanted other transgenders to come forward and do such noble acts in order to gain social acceptance.
“We are happy to get a donor in Anushiya. We see her as a friend who helped for our daughter’s surgery. We thank her for helping us,” said Sandhiya’s mother.
Sandhiya had fractured her right hand after tripping and falling down on the staircases at her home and was in need of blood for a surgery to remove the ‘steel plate’ fixed inside the body.
Prabha Samiraj, the blood bank medical officer at GRH, said she had not witnessed a transgender donating blood, during her three years of service in the hospital.
Bharathi Kannamma, a transgender activist, said, “This a major step towards (transgenders) integrating with mainstream society.