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J.S. Bablu
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T.M. Stephen, Jackson and Tintu Stephen, and Tintu’s mother Rosamma with Fr. Davis Chiramel on Monday.
T.M. Stephen, Jackson and Tintu Stephen, and Tintu’s mother Rosamma with Fr. Davis Chiramel on Monday.

: For the former councillor T.M. Stephen, Monday was a day filled with joy, noble gestures, and fond memories of the day four years ago when his life was saved by a kidney donated by a youth who was killed in an accident.

Mr. Stephen’s daughter and Alappuzha municipality councillor Tintu Stephen and her husband Jackson agreed to donate their organs after their death, on their wedding day on Monday.

“My life is a gift from the local people and the youth who donated his kidney. I am happy to see my daughter and son-in-law agree to this noble venture,” Mr. Stephen said.

Fr. Davis Chiramel, chairman of the Kidney Foundation of India and a kidney donor himself, came to Alappuzha to bless the couple. A decision taken on the wedding day will have a long, long effect. They can tell their children and grandchildren. This will convey a message to the future generation also,” he said. Mr. Stephen gladly agreed to the donation campaign suggested by the Junior Chamber International (JCI). “Ms. Tintu is our member and the JCI programme vice-president. So, we took a special interest in this campaign,” John Joseph, the former regional vice-president of JCI, said. The JCI held the campaign near the Thumpoly Church, the venue of the wedding.

“We collected over 1,000 letters of consent for organ donation. Youth, and among them, young women came forward in large numbers to give their consent letters,” Mr. Joseph said. All those who attended the marriage got a request from Mr.Stephen to participate in the organ donation campaign .

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