It’s good news! Eleven years ago, A Sukumaran was convicted for his uncle’s murder. He was arrested for killing his uncle in a fit of rage, following a dispute regarding a mobile tower near their homes. But now, he has dedicated his life in saving others’ lives and supporting the needy.
Earlier this year, Sukumaran, a resident of Pattambi in Kerala’s Palakkad district, donated one of his kidneys to a woman and saved her life.
The court sentenced A Sukumaran for life imprisonment on 28 October, 2010 and he was put into Kannaur central jail. He read a report about a couple, Arya Maharshi and Simi from Thrissur, who had donated their kidneys to the ailing patients who were not related to them. He got inspired with the idea and wrote to the jail’s welfare officer, telling them the desire to donate his kidneys.
After the visit from the couple, he learnt about 26 year old TV Sreekumar, who was suffering from kidney ailment. He wrote to the Prison Department of Kerala to donate his kidney but they replied that there was no such rule that allows a prisoner to donate an organ.
Meanwhile, Sreekumar passed away due to his kidney ailment. Disappointed Sukumaran did not give up and wrote to the authorities again and in his letter he addressed the then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and the then Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala.
After his continuous insistence, his request was transferred to the Law Department. In July 2015, the department said that there was no such reason why a convict could not donate his or her organs. In 2016, the state government issued a new legislation which allowed inmates to donate their organs.
He then found another former convict, Basheer, who was with him in the jail, had passed away in 2017, leaving behind an ailing wife and a four-year-old son.
He decided to take Basheer’s wife Samitha and her son under his wing, and raised enough resources to help her procure medical care. The couple will be married soon.
Due to his good conduct, Sukumaran was released in July 2017.