'I've lived my life': 85-year-old with COVID gives up hospital bed for younger patient, dies at home

By Online Desk
An 85-year-old COVID-19 patient, who voluntarily gave up his hospital bed in Nagpur to a younger patient on Saturday saying “I have lived my life”, died at his home on Tuesday.

Narayan Dabhalkar, a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), was admitted to the Indira Gandhi government hospital in Nagpur after he tested positive a few days ago. 

After much effort, he got a bed. It was then that he saw a woman looking for a bed to save her 40-year-old COVID-infected husband. The hospital authorities refused to admit him because there were no empty beds. Later, Dabhalkar saw her in tears and decided to vacate his bed for her husband. 

While giving up his bed, he reportedly said, “I am 85. I have lived my life. Saving the life of a young man is more important. Their children are young…please give my bed to them.” 

The hospital administration asked him for a statement in writing. He wrote: “I am voluntarily emptying my bed for another patient.”

Despite dipping oxygen levels, Dabhalkar went against the medical advice of the doctors and opted for a discharge.

“We rushed him to IGR when his oxygen levels dipped on April 22. We got a bed after great effort but he was back home in a couple of hours. My father said he would prefer to spend his last moments with us. He also told us about a young patient,” Dabhalkar’s daughter was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

“मैं 85 वर्ष का हो चुका हूँ, जीवन देख लिया है, लेकिन अगर उस स्त्री का पति मर गया तो बच्चे अनाथ हो जायेंगे, इसलिए मेरा कर्तव्य है कि मैं उस व्यक्ति के प्राण बचाऊं।” ऐसा कह कर कोरोना पीडित @RSSorg के स्वयंसेवक श्री नारायण जी ने अपना बेड उस मरीज़ को दे दिया। pic.twitter.com/gxmmcGtBiE
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) April 27, 2021

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan praised Narayan Dabhalkar for the noble act. Posting his picture on Twitter, he wrote, “I am 85 years old, have seen life, but if that woman’s husband dies then the children will be orphaned. So, it’s my duty to save him. After saying this, Shri Narayan Ji, an RSS volunteer, gave his bed to that patient.”