News Articles on our initiatives that were published in National level papers:
Article written by one of our members in 2016:
"Poltu" - the name itself has been an inspiration for many by now including all of us who were
in different capacity in this journey for about last 18 to 20 months.
It was exactly a year back, on 3rd January 2015 morning, when we all were anxiously waiting for the
completion of a very critical, complex and major operation conducted by a group of expert doctors of
Global Hospital, Led by Dr. Anand Subramanyan. The successful HEART Transplantation was a life
event for not only Poltu & his family, but also all of us who took this challenge inspired by the
ideology and spirit of Thakur Sri Ramakrishna, Maa Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda led by my
Today we have come across an eventful year, with challenging & critical moments as well as very
inspiring, motivating, happy and pleasant occasions reaching & overcoming one after another
Poltu is a completely transformed personality now who ably supported by his wife Basanti is leading
motivating us every day leading from the front. Basanti has been a powerful support in every
with her determination, care, calmness and extremely strong mental framework. She has been at the
receiving end for more than 5 years when Poltu was suffering from Heart disease and shown a
up willingness even when it was told that only option to save Poltu's life is to have Heart
It was a long struggle to get Poltu undergo the medical treatment and be prepared for such a
operation of heart transplantation from June to November 2014. Then it was a period of waiting &
for a donor heart, which by God's grace was not a long wait. 1st January of each year is celebrated
Kalpataru Day with great joy by devotees of Sri Ramakrishna all over the world because it was on
1.1.1886 that the Great Master made public his divinity and blessed all assembled at Cossipore
ground, declaring "Tomaader Chaitanya hok" "may you be spiritually illimined". That day he revealed
himself as the Kalpataru, the divine wish-fulfilling tree that grants boons to all without any
distinction. And on 1st January 2015, we got the best news from the doctors about the potential
a donor heart. Poltu was hospitalized on 2nd January and was being prepared for the transplantation.
sincere thanks to the Family of the Noble Donor, who amidst the toughest & sad situation of losing a
young life, decided to dedicate his organs for supporting other life.
We spent entire night preparing and counting down the time. Finally on 3rd January early morning the
Donor Heart reached to BGS Hospital among very high media & TV coverage. Thanks to Bangalore Traffic
Police for making it a smooth journey providing signal free green corridor in the road. The
started at around 10 AM on 3rd January and lasted for almost 4 hours. It was a moment of joy for
everyone including the medical staff, doctors and all who contributed to this cause when Poltu was
gifted with the Donor Heart successfully under the supervision of team of expert doctors at BGS
Hospital. This event was highly broadcasted as a successful Organ Donation and Live Transportation
Heart under the guidance of Bangalore traffic police through Green corridor. A series of media
since 4th January (links below) reveal that the story of getting second life to Poltu Bera and
associated campaign touched people's heart. However, every moment post operation was life
and Poltu sailed through all obstacles. There were some major crisis within 2 days, but effort from
concerned proved too strong for any casualty.
After going through series of treatment, medication and examinations finally Poltu was released from
Hospital on 21st January. He attended a press conference at Taj Vivanta, Bangalore organized by BGS
Global Hospital on 20th January. Since then it started another tough challenge for all of us to
the expenses & tough challenge Post Heart Transplantation. We kept them in a nearby rented place
enough to the hospital for reasons. We are so proud for Poltu who has shown tremendous courage &
character to go through this tough process. Many thanks to Reena Raju and her Foundation “Light a
who not only supported with financial help, arranging medicines at a lower cost but also preparing
& his wife physically & mentally to go through this tough journey thoughout their life.
We are so fortunate to have Dr. Anand who has been the strongest pillar of support, guidance,
and in fact everything for Poltu. We also sincerely convey our thanks & gratitude to not only Dr.
but the entire team of Expert doctors, nurses, medical & non-medical staff members of BGS Global
Last but not the least, our heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to all well wishers who directly
indirectly participated, contributed and supported this noble cause pre & post transplantation. We
so grateful to them all over the world whose financial support & contribution made it possible.
Poltu was made ready to resume light work by July 2015. The volunteer team led by Partha started the
hunt for both Poltu & Basanti. It was not easy considering Poltu can't take up physically and
challenging work, he should not get exposed to any harmful chemical substances, our society treats
Poltu is a patient although he is fit enough, both of them have to work in close vicinity. Going
village is ruled out as they were needed to be in Bangalore for continued treatment and earning in
village will not be of any sustainable amount.
Finally, it was divine bliss that he got a job of security guard in Vivekananda Ashrama (RKM),
from mid of July 2015. We shifted them close to the workplace. Today Poltu is spending more than 12
hours on his duty - which reflects that he become a normal man with physical and mental strength.
Basanti also started working and earning for their own as a cook. Now they are planning to bring
daughter back from Village who is with her grandparents there. Although Poltu is still financially
supported & guided, but we are confident that Poltu & his family will be victorious throughout their
It's only the start of the long journey for Poltu, Basanti & their family and for all of us. We pray
their wellness, prosperity & happiness in their life and of course the support from each one of you
make this happen.
1st green corridor exercised by BTP for this transplantation:
Here's the Video
on 3rd Jan 2015 when the Live Heart was
transported for our Poltu Bera,
from MSR Ramaiah Hospital.
The unpredictability of life baffles each one of us at some point in time. And, when these baffling
incidents stare at us like a life threat, things become more complex and hassled. It was life amid
hardship for Palash Das, a 28 years old youth, a daily labourer from Panchtubi village, PS Pingla,
West Bengal, until he was diagnosed with kidney ailment. Such was the condition that he was advised
for dialysis and then kidney transplantation for his survival. This shook his small world miserably.
While tears rolled down, anxiety puffed up, friends and family looked for divine intervention to
The financial crisis, on the other hand, was a humongous hurdle for him to handle.
PATIENT MEDICAL HISTORY:
Palash has had a blockage in the urinary tract since he was 10 years old. Almost 5 years back,
he underwent small surgery and was advised a Kidney Transplantation in Manipal Hospital, Bangalore.
But due to their finances, it was postponed with some medication. Last one year, his health
deteriorated causing severe breathlessness, weakness, and difficulty in passing urine. It is when the doctors
saw no other option than a kidney transplant to save his life. And his father came forward for the
same and decided to donate one of his kidneys to save his son. The transplantation will now take
place in JIPMER, Puducherry. Palash, along with his father will now have to stay in Puducherry, undergo
dialysis over 12 months before transplantation. There are some tests which will be done aboard.
After transplantation also he has to be in Puducherry and adhere to strict precautions for
another 6 months for a better recovery.
According to Swami Vivekananda, man is potentially Divine, so, service to man is indeed
to God. We earnestly request you to donate for Palash Das and help him fight this crucial
of his life. We are furnishing all the possible details about him here below. Please do have
look, and be a part of this compassionate endeavor, and show your benevolence with any
help you can. We would appreciate each and every gesture with a prayer for you and your
well-being. Needless to say, utilizing this opportunity, we can practice consciously
work. The donor has more lasting benefit than done.
BACKGROUND OF THE PATIENT:
Palash Das has a father and three brothers in his family. They are daily labourers, from
which they are somehow able to manage their daily life. He was referred through one of
core members. Back in Bangalore, this situation has deeply motivated our team. Inspired
Swami Vivekananda's ideal and we decided to put our best effort to support this family
Palash gets back on his feet again. The amount collected will be transferred in parts
according to the need of the situation. The approximate budget estimation is around 4.5
Lakhs INR that includes logistics, investigation, and post-operative expenses.
INFORMATION FOR DONORS:
We have started campaigning not many days back and do not have a lot of time to
the funds for his treatment. We request you to kindly drop the offering in the bank
account given below, and also shoot an email to the specific id. Heartfelt gratitude