Shabir Hussain Khan, 55, the “Blood Man of Kashmir”. has set an example by being the regular blood donor for 37 years. A papier-mâché artist, he began donating blood when he was 18-years-old. He is a universal donor who has saved more than one hundred lives by donating his blood – 157 times over the last 37 years – prompting doctors to call him ‘the man with the golden arm’. He recently donated blood for 157th time on the day of Ashura on Sunday. Khan heads a team of volunteer blood donors with 2,100 members across Kashmir who come up for donation at the time of an emergency. The team organizes blood donor motivation programmes, donation camps and anti-drug campaigns.
Shabir, who resides downtown here, started this noble cause alone but as time passed more donors joined in and at present, he is leading 2100 volunteers across the Valley who are available round the clock in case of emergencies for the donation of blood.
“I donate my blood in the name of Imam Hussain (A.S.) for the sake of humanity and my only wish is to meet Imam Khamenei before my death”, Khan said.
According to doctors, a blood donor should be in the age of 18 to 65 years. A male can donate four times in a year while a female can donate for only three times.
–Interview taken by Javeed Ali (firstname.lastname@example.org)